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READ KINDLE í Last Seen Wearing ô Eighteen year old Lowell Mitchell leaves her Friday morning history class and goes back to her room Her roommate talks to her as she lies on the bed with her arm across her face That is the last time she is seen, andhours later the Bristol Police are involved How did I ever miss Hillary Waugh What a fantastic writer Like many writers of her time written in the first years of the 1950 s not a word is wasted The story takes you into the heart of a well conducted police investigation It would have made for a great series. I ll give this 4 stars though it s probably, in truth, a touch under , and leave my typically overoptimistic first impressions below alone.An early and classic example of the police procedural, it is still rooted in pulp and early 50 s noir, and is important in that it pointed the way towards arealistic type of crime writing It gets written up a lot in history of crime fiction books, it seems It s a good book, and one that deserves to I ll give this 4 stars though it s probably, in truth, a touch under , and leave my typically overoptimistic first impressions below alone.An early and classic example of the police procedural, it is still rooted in pulp and early 50 s noir, and is important in that it pointed the way towards arealistic type of crime writing It gets written up a lot in history of crime fiction books, it seems It s a good book, and one that deserves to be back in print, and one that crime aficionados, at least, will definitely want to take a look at Written at the age of 30, it was probably just a guess the high point of Waugh s career Waugh was a prolific writer of mysteries for over 30 years, but one who has now been largely forgotten His works are out of print, and little read I found this one recommended by Julian Symons in his Classic Bloody Murders Written in 1952, it was a pioneering and therefore classic example of the police procedural before writing L.S.W., Waugh had been writing, unsuccessfully, private dectective novels The writing is quite good, taut, not at all dated though the society he is describing an ideal girls college in the Boston area suburbs of 1950 is certainly one that has passed This is supposed to be one of his best books Later, in the 1960 s, he ended up writing tough procedurals based on his experiences hanging about with the NYPD.I ll rate the book when I m done with it likely 4 or 5 stars Though it isn t flawless I m not sold completely, for example, on Waugh s handling of the chief cop, Ford as a characterwho isn t completely believable though many of the other characters are , there s no question that those who are into the genre aficionados will like this one, espcially given its early date The first and most famous of Waugh s pioneering police procedurals is a fine read but it s not among my very favorites of his that I ve read, in part because I found the broad contours of the plot the whodunit and whydunit predictable from the start. One of those novels that consistently ranks in any top 100 mysteries of all time list It s long been a book that I ve been meaning to check out, but I haven t been able to find a copy from any of the used books sites that I go to So I resorted to the library, and was glad I did This is a straight up procedural, following the case of a missing college student from the points of view of the police force Apparently, this was a first of its kind, setting the stage for about a hundred Ed McBain n One of those novels that consistently ranks in any top 100 mysteries of all time list It s long been a book that I ve been meaning to check out, but I haven t been able to find a copy from any of the used books sites that I go to So I resorted to the library, and was glad I did This is a straight up procedural, following the case of a missing college student from the points of view of the police force Apparently, this was a first of its kind, setting the stage for about a hundred Ed McBain novels, and about ten thousand Law and Order episodes.What s nice, though, is how riveting this book is It doesn t resort to tricks, or impossible murders, or quirky detectives It just unfolds like an actual police investigation, the detectives getting closer and closer to the truth It s dated, but in a good way, like a time capsule that shows you how college students lived in the early 1950s