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Adaptation, presented in collaboration with The Mini Microcinema, considers books and the movies they inspire. The second set in this series will look at the crime thriller In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes and the film noir masterpiece, directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart, that the book birthed.

Lauded as a groundbreaking crime novel with a feminist slant by contemporaries and modern-day critics alike, the story follows tortured veteran Dix Steele in 1940s, post-war L.A. He’s soon joined by LAPD officer Brub, an old friend from the war who’s been pursuing a serial strangler for months with no solid leads. When Brub’s wife, Sylvia — and, in the movie, the glamorous screen star Laurel Gray — get involved, they begin to realize the killer is closer than they think. The film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Graham has earned a spot on many Top 100 lists and overshadowed the original work on which it was based.

Discuss the book at the Mercantile Library on July 10, then see a special screening of the movie at The Mini Microcinema on July 17. Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny will lead both discussions.

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