Saturday, May 26, 2007

"A Prisoner of Memory" by Robert S. Levinson

From: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2007

Aging movie star Laura Dane calls Neil Gulliver, the Hollywood-based investigative reporter from Levinson's Affair novels, to say she's being stalked. Gulliver visits Laura on the set of a movie in which her niece is starring. Laura seems genuinely frightened for her life, but after listening to her at length and questioning the man she suspects, Gulliver is pretty sure the stalker is a figment of her imagination.

Some time after he thinks the case resolved, Gulliver learns Laura has been murdered by the very man she suspected, a master of disguise still at large. A great open-ended twist on what could've been a typical story. Also, in an oddly upbeat turn, Gulliver notes that Laura's killer brought back her fame, assuring her what she lived for, to be remembered.

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