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The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun


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Bantam, New York, 1971
(price: 75c; 188 pages)
first published 1967


The blurb on the back:

Shooting someone to death from hundreds of miles away or driving so fast that you're back before you've left isn't possible ...
Finding traces of yourself everywhere you've never been and plunging wide awake into somebody else's nightmare isn't possible ...
Looking for a killer only to discover it's you yourself, and trying to escape when you're also the victim isn't possible ...
Unless you're the lady in the car with glasses and a gun!
'A chilling, baffling psychological fooler that sparkles with all the juicy terrors that can attack the heart and body!' -
Newsweek


opening lines:
I have never seen the sea. The black-and-white tiled floor sways like water a few inches from my eyes. It hurts so much I could die. I am not dead.


A woman regins consciousness in a public restroom and finds that she appears to be living someone else's life. The rest of the novel is an attempt to piece together a story that hovers between dream, paranoia and amnesia.

To be honest, it's not very good. Competent in a dull sort of way, but not something you'd recommend to a friend. So I'm not going to recommend it to you.

However, it's a nice-looking book because it comes adorned with stills from the 1970 movie which starred Samantha Eggar, Oliver Reed and John McEnery. They look like this:

The Lady in the Car......with Glasses...
...and a Gun


ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


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