By Ira Levin
A sleek vintage, this novel set a brand new ordinary within the artwork of poser and suspense in its exploration of the legal mind.
A Kiss ahead of Dying not just debuted the expertise of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave experiences and an Edgar Award, it additionally set a brand new usual within the paintings of mental suspense. It tells the surprising story of a tender guy who will cease at nothing—not even murder—to get the place he desires to pass. For he has goals; plans. He additionally has allure, attractiveness, intelligence. And he has an issue. Her identify is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. the answer could call for determined measures. yet, then, he seems like the type of man who may escape with murder.
First released 1953
“The e-book is a succession of particularly valid surprises, the suspense is admirably sustained, the element is thorough and convincing, and the writing is significantly above the extent frequently linked to fictional crime and fervour. A excitement to recommend.”
- the hot Yorker
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A glossy vintage, this novel set a brand new general within the paintings of poser and suspense in its exploration of the felony mind.
A Kiss sooner than loss of life not just debuted the expertise of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave experiences and an Edgar Award, it additionally set a brand new normal within the paintings of mental suspense. It tells the surprising story of a tender guy who will cease at nothing—not even murder—to get the place he desires to move. For he has goals; plans. He additionally has allure, attractiveness, intelligence. And he has an issue. Her identify is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. the answer may well call for determined measures. yet, then, he seems like the type of man who might escape with murder.
First released 1953
“The e-book is a succession of rather valid surprises, the suspense is admirably sustained, the element is thorough and convincing, and the writing is significantly above the extent frequently linked to fictional crime and keenness. A excitement to suggest. ”
- the hot Yorker
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The floors of a warehouse must be ex pected to carry a much greater live load than those of an apartment house. The roof of a building in Colorado must support a much heavier load of snow than one in Alabama. The public areas of a building, its corridors and halls, which at times may be jammed with people, must be designed for larger live loads than a private room. Live-load calculations are lengthy and important, although not very demanding on the imagination and intelligence of the engineer.
What kind of human effort was required to build such colossal works? We owe to the investigations of Dr. Kurt Mendelssohn, a German physicist and passionate pyramidologist, the estimates of the labor that went into the erection of the main pyramids built during 100 years at Meidum, Dashur, and Gizeh. Between them, these three pyramids re quired 25 million tons of materials, including limestone, mortar, and brick. Mendelssohn divides the workers into two groups. The first con sisted of unskilled masons who quarried the local stone, built the ramps, and lifted the blocks, and of auxiliary workers who lubricated the sledges with water, fed the gangs, and repaired the transport lines.
This is a most conservative allowance, but engineers must be conservatiYe when confronted with the uncertainties of live loads. It is better to run scared than to be responsible for a failure which may damage property and even kill people. On the other hand, the chances are absolutely minimal that each square foot of each room at each floor of a building will be loaded a t the same time by the full code allowance, and buildings designed for this absurd assumption would become unjustifiably expensive.
A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin