Helen McCloy

McCloy was the first woman to serve as president of the Mystery Writers of America. She was awarded the MWA's Grand Master Edgar in 1990.

Do Not Disturb “Engaging heroine—who does most of sleuthing—many shivery and exciting sequences, continuous action, and extra good writing.”—Saturday Review
“One of [McCloy’s] most startling efforts.”—The Hartford Courant

  Helen McCloy has won wide acclaim as author of the Basil Willing mysteries. This time she has written an entirely different kind of mystery novel—one of escape and threat and terror that will chill the marrow of your bones.

  The sign read DO NOT DISTURB and at first Edith Talbot ignored the pitiful whimpering that came through the door. The hotel clerk assured her that the room was occupied by a sick boy under the care of a physician. Later in the night, when the cries were resumed, she felt that something must be done—and she made the fatal mistake of knocking on the door... From then on things begin to happen—strange things that at first seem innocuous coincidence but crescendo into a series of hair-raising events.


Two-Thirds of a Ghost “One of the most enjoyable whodunits of this or any season. Reason: Its gorgeous satire on the book publishing business and the people in it or on the fringes.”—The Columbus Dispatch

Amos Cottle was a valuable property—a first-rate novelist who produced four best sellers in four years. He had to be protected. From himself (he was an ex-alcoholic). And from his wife (she was a gold-digging siren and she spelled trouble). His publisher and his agent thought Amos’s problems were solved when they clawed the beautiful Vera out of his hair and shipped her off to Hollywood. But they were wrong. For there came a night when Vera returned. That was the night Amos had to have a drink. It was too bad he never lived to sober up.

“One of the most entertaining mysteries of the year.”—The Denver Sunday Post
“Cleverly complex.”—Kirkus
“Extremely enjoyable.”—The New York Herald Tribune “Excellent.”—The Raleigh News and Observer


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