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A Very Easy Death

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Hillary Huber

3 Hours 6 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

February 2005

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Set in Los Angeles, and starring Jack Webb as the stoic Sergeant Joe Friday, Dragnet is perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama of all time, having made extensive runs on both radio and television. Webb, also the producer of the show, took the series to new highs, insisting on realism in every facet of the program. The dialogue was clipped and sparse, taking its cue from hard-boiled crime fiction à la Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The stories were fast-paced but thorough, making sure to chronicle every step of the police work from start to finish. As a result, Dragnet draws listeners deeply in to its world of gritty crime and dedicated cops, guaranteeing an exhilarating audio experience.

“Shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence. This is a fine book.”—Sunday Telegraph (London)

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  • Anonymous

    Because there have been so many books like this in the past decades (women describing the death of their mothers), it might be easy to overlook the beauty and simplicity of this one. De Beauvoir is tortuously honest, and introspective in this book, almost embarrassingly so. It appears she was not very close to her mother, but through months of personal care, comes to dread her coming end, and perhaps truly love her. And unlike the title, it is not an easy death for her mother. She wants desperately to live. There are few, but bright references to her relationship with Sartre. And his influence on her is subtle but strong, even so far as the way she describes her mother's feelings of her body, "I feel as if my right side is gone." And they glow with the strangeness of onrushing death. It is a softly surreal book that gives us a long, personal look at one of the most interesting women of the 20th century.

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