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PDF Ã BOOK Devil Take the Blue FREE ¼ John Franklin Bardin's most acclaimed work plays a virtuoso performance on music and madness in this unforgettable thriller In 1946 New York Ellen a world renowned musician is suffering from the effects of her latest mental breakdown Amongst other challenges a chance meeting with a folk singer from her past John Franklin Bardin's most acclaimed work plays a virtuoso performance on music and madness in this unforgettable thriller In 1946 New York Ellen a world renowned musicia ETA Here's the cover of my 1967 Macfadden mass market edition which isn't listed here1948's Devil Take the Blue Tail Fly is a mindreality bending tale that's unlike anything else of the era at least that I've read It's a combination of noir and psychological horror where the reader is never on solid ground due to the deteriorating mental condition of the protagonist a semi famous mentally disturbed classical harpsichordist newly free of an insane asylum whose buried and forgotten past may finally be catching up with her It's very dream like and surreal at times yet seemingly rooted in reality at others and while there were a few too many long hallucinatory passages that can be a little overwhelming overall this was an intense tripped out thriller that's at or near the same level as Bardin's well known debut The Deadly Percheron though uite different The closest thing I could compare it to as far as the feel of it would be later period David Lynch films like Lost Highway Mulholland Dr and Inland Empire yet this prefigured those by half a centuryRecommended for fans of noir psychological horror or the aforementioned Lynch films45 Stars

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Ng to rapidly deteriorate Over the following terrifying weeks Ellen finds herself becoming both a criminal and a victim as she attempts to contend with the darkness within I loved the choice of words on the descriptions of Ellen's mind; but things became most predictable at the middle of the story Still worth the reading

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Devil Take the Blue Tail FlyN is suffering from the effects of her latest mental breakdown Amongst other challenges a chance meeting with a folk singer from her past causes her psychological well bei Ellen a gifted concert harpsichord player has suffered a mental breakdown following her seduction as a student by a predatory folk singer At the start of the novel she has just left the institution in which she spent 3 years This is very much in the mould of Patricia Highsmith who explores themes of mental health and schizophrenia uite freuently In fact Bardin decides to pursue the mental health aspect rather than the crime angle and as fascinating as it is that won’t be for everyone especially those seeking of what they loved about the wonderful The Deadly Percheron So as the novel proceeds the psychotic Ellen takes refuge from the real world in almost dreamlike seuences of aspects of her life that have affected her so negatively despite attempts to ‘cure’ her from those around her Her madness gains particular momentum from reappearances of the folk singer whether real or imaginary the reader cannot be sureThis is a novel that was very much ahead of its time; I can’t imagine it went down very well on publication in 1948 with the expectation being a crime mystery which is touched on but not pursued there are murders Comparisons to Highsmith are inevitable but not relevant it was to be 3 years until her first novel Strangers On A Train whose brought that uniue blend of the psychological and mystery