The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog

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An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When a mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of The Avenger, they start to suspect something too horrific for words. The Lodger was an immediate best-seller and became the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's first talking motion picture.

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"One of the best suspense novels ever written."—The New York Times
"This is a beautifully wrought novel of psychological suspense that should have a place on any mystery buff's shelf of classics."—Chicago Sun-Times
The Ripper murders still arouse excitement, and The Lodger has lost none of its hushed, chilling terror over the years."—The Drood Review of Mystery
Inspired by the notorious Whitechapel murders, this 1913 thriller first appeared when Jack the Ripper's brutal crimes were well within living memory. Time has done nothing to diminish the popular fascination with the serial killings. This gripping tale of an elderly English couple's growing suspicions of their sinister boarder has served as the basis for several movies, including one of Alfred Hitchcock's first films.
Dover (2014) republication of the edition originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1913.
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MARIE BELLOC LOWNDES (1868-1947), the sister of the celebrated writer Hillaire Belloc, was herself a noted novelist and activist in her day. The Lodger was an immediate best-seller and became the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's first talking motion picture. In a later film version, Laird Cregar won an Oscar for portraying the title character.

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