Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Two People
Date Finished: May 9, 2016
After his death in 1959, two of Ben Benson’s early novellas were put together and published in this volume. Neither are as strong as his later work. In both stories, a frightened woman has some secret past that somewhat falls flat when the secret is revealed. Perhaps these were more shocking in 1950 and 1951, when they were first published, but really they are just dealing with stalkers, the first a released criminal with a grudge and the second with a rough gangster with a yen. Rather than go to the police or tell anyone what is going on, everything is fairly mysterious until the romantic lead discovers it all.
My paperback copy turned out to be missing six pages, so I had to get the above hard cover to finish up.