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Armstrong, Charlotte 1905-1969

Works: 180 works in 786 publications in 13 languages and 13,382 library holdings
Genres: Detective and mystery fiction  Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Actor, Other, Calligrapher
Classifications: PS3501.R566, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Charlotte Armstrong
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The balloon man by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

34 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman attempts to flee her abusive husband in a thriller The New York Times Book Review calls "an unforgettable reading experience." Overworked cocktail waitress Sherry Reynard doesn't expect much anymore from her husband, Ward, whom she's supported for years. A struggling writer and sometimes-junkie coddled by his wealthy parents, Ward spends his days lost in a fog of self-pity and hallucinations. Then, one morning, he attacks his wife in a sudden, unprovoked, violent fit of rage. When he turns on their three-year-old son, Johnny, Sherry bashes Ward into submission, grabs her boy, and runs. As Johnny recuperates in the hospital, Sherry rents a room in a boarding house--among a group of outcasts--anxious to escape her marriage and her memories. But when her vindictive in-laws file a suit for custody of Johnny, Sherry's oppressive world starts closing in. She needs someone on her side. When new boarder Clifford Stone arrives, he's just what Sherry's looking for. Charming and sympathetic, he's promised to be there should Sherry ever need him--he's also been hired by Ward's calculating father to insinuate himself into her life. Clifford has been paid well to love Sherry, manipulate her, destroy her reputation, and, if need be, even worse. The Balloon Man was made into Claude Chabrol's classic 1970 film, La Rupture (The Breach). A gripping suspense novel, it will have you "flipping your wig all the way to the last page" (Kirkus Reviews). "Old fashioned suspense has given way to contemporary trauma and you'll be flipping your wig all the way to the last page ... You won't want to finish it."--Kirkus Reviews
The gift shop by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

17 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exciting mystery in which Jean Cunliffe helps Harry Fairchild find and save a kidnapped child threatened with death
The Charlotte Armstrong treasury by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

6 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Charlotte Armstrong reader by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

7 editions published between 1965 and 1972 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents: The Unsuspected. A Dram of Poison. The Turret Room
The protégé by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and Dutch and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What was a respectable old widow like Mrs. Moffat doing with that bearded young stranger? Mrs. Moffat asked few questions, although she suspected that he was not "Simon Warren" at all. But she was still convinced that her "protege" was just a troubled young boy when her granddaughter Zan arrived. Then both women watched with dawning horror as a bizarre scheme unfolded, a scheme to revive the past terror they thought they could forget. - Back cover
Lemon in the basket by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

14 editions published between 1967 and 2017 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edgar Award Finalist: The explosive politics of the Middle East shatter a California family in this "wonderful thriller" (The New York Times). Among the Tylers of Santa Clara are a matriarch lauded as the first lady of American theater, a judicial appointee of the president, a noted fundraiser for international charities, a university vice-chancellor, and an esteemed and admired surgeon. The Tylers are, in their own words, "worthy of Paradise." Then, a violently anti-US Middle Eastern leader sends his son to California to be treated by the young Dr. Michael Tyler. The king's deal: Save his "little prince," and the lives of the twenty-eight American hostages languishing in his prison will be spared. And there's another caveat: The agreement must be kept secret. But there's one more Tyler to contend with. Rufus Tyler is the family "lemon in the basket," an underachiever who has finally found his moment in history. By exposing his family to the press as conspirators in a terrorist's negotiation, Rufus will do more than breach the walls of privacy. He will plunge his family into the dangerous waters of international politics. As unfounded fears and dreadful rumors take hold, an inevitable and shocking act of violence will threaten not only the Tylers, but also the fate of the entire country. Upon the original publication of Lemon in the Basket, an Edgar Award finalist for Best Novel, Dorothy B. Hughes wrote that Charlotte Armstrong should stand "with the immortal ladies of suspense-Rinehart and Sayers, Marsh and Tey" (Los Angeles Times)
Seven seats to the moon by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

12 editions published between 1969 and 2017 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A government secret about the end of the world will change what's left of a man's suburban life in this thriller by an Edgar Award--winning author. California businessman J. Middleton Little is on company assignment in Chicago when he's caught eavesdropping on a top-secret confab between high-level government officials. J. knows he isn't just hearing things; they actually referred to the coming Armageddon. To ensure his silence, J.'s been offered the chance of a lifetime: seven seats on an "ark" scheduled to carry the last vestiges of the human race from Earth before the apocalypse. In a matter of minutes, J. has gone from a self-described "middle-class, middle-income, middlebrow man-of-the-street" to one of the most privileged men in the universe. The only stipulation: He can't tell a single soul until the proper time. For now, it's back to life in Burbank with his dutiful, intuitive wife; an underhanded and scheming son; his impossibly spoiled daughter; his unhinged father; and a mother-in-law whose religious fanaticism is making J. think twice about his role as savior--especially when he finds himself shadowed by an insidious pack of secret agents, counterspies, and a lone madman on a terrifying mission. Soon enough, J.'s once-ordinary world will be ripped apart by threats, deceit, cover-ups, secrets, and shifting family loyalties. It will also leave J. wondering what he really does know, what he doesn't, what he's been led to believe, and above all, why. J. Middleton Little has a lot to learn before the end. This smart, inventive thriller by "the American queen of suspense novelists" is impossible to put down (New York Telegraph)
A dram of poison by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

32 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combination love story, suspense novel, and comedy, set in a California college town
The witch's house by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When two University professors turn up missing, Anabel refuses to accept the disappearances as coincidental. She does some investigating on her own and turns up some startling information
The Charlotte Armstrong festival by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dream of fair woman by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 2017 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his effort to discover the true identity of a modern "sleeping beauty", a scientist follows a tenuous thread of clues back into her past
The turret room by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

19 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and Danish and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social worker returns to her childhood home in California for a brief visit and finds herself defending a young man suspected of assault
A little less than kind by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

15 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his father's sudden death, a college student seeks revenge
Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

45 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strange and eerie events in Room 807 and a teen-age baby sitter unnerve Jed Towers
Catch-as-catch-can by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

16 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a villa on the California coast, a murderer stalks a young heiress
The black-eyed stranger by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

26 editions published between 1941 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A crooked newspaper reporter attempts to save a socialite & rsquo;s life Sam Lynch is not a crook, but most of his friends are. A journalist by trade, he has the inside scoop on every crime in New York City, but can & rsquo;t write a word of it for fear of his sources turning violent. This makes it impossible for him to hold a job, despite being one of the city & rsquo;s finest reporters. But when he meets Kay Salisbury, heiress to the Salisbury cookie fortune and fianc & eacute;e of one of the wealthiest bachelors in the city, Lynch stumbles on a story that & rsquo;s too juicy to keep to himself. He finds her slumming in an underworld party, where her sweetness charms the hardened reporter. Soon after, he overhears two of his thuggish contacts planning to kidnap the young girl. To save Kay Salisbury will mean walking a tightrope between good and evil. One slip, and both will die
The seventeen widows of Sans Souci by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

10 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pretty widow of fifty tries to find a new way of life among sixteen other widows in Sans Souci, a Pasadena apartment house
The unsuspected : a novel by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

41 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dead girl{u2019}s closest friend goes undercover to unmask a killer Why did Rosaleen Wright hang herself in a soundproof room? She left an unsigned note, peppered with stiff religious references and no trace of her trademark vitality or wit. The police believe it was suicide, but Rosaleen{u2019}s best friend, Jane, is suspicious. To prove Rosaleen was murdered, she takes a job with the man who killed her. Luther Grandison, Rosaleen{u2019}s boss, is a New York theatrical impresario with a lethal charm. To the world at large, he{u2019}s powerful and charismatic, but Rosaleen{u2019}s letters to Jane described a greedy man who stole from his adopted daughter when his bank account ran low. Jane thinks Grandison killed her to protect his secret, but to prove it she will have to face down one of the finest murderers Broadway has ever seen
The chocolate cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

38 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigating her mysterious birth leads a bright young artist into peril For a few hours after her birth, Amanda Garth had two fathers. One was John, the kind, forthright man who would raise her. The other was Tobias Garrison, a well-known California artist who, because of a mix-up in the hospital & rsquo;s nursery, briefly thought Amanda was his. The confusion was straightened out, and the misunderstanding is forgotten for twenty-three years, when questions about her birth cause Amanda to approach the Garrisons. This could prove a deadly mistake. Someone in that poisonous family is plotting a murder, and the last thing they want is another heir to the massive Garrison fortune. The quest for truth could mean death for the girl whose birth was shrouded in secrecy
The better to eat you by Charlotte Armstrong( Book )

18 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A professor becomes enchanted with a girl who carries a dangerous jinx. History student Sarah Shepherd does not look like a killer. She is shy, but her writing so impresses Professor David Wakeley that he asks her to become his research assistant. Terrified, she begs him to stay away. For Sarah Shepherd is stalked by death, and the professor could be her next victim. For years, people close to her have died: an office colleague, a coworker's mother, and Sarah's husband, who dropped dead on their wedding day. David doesn't believe her until a few days later, when his pa
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Alternative Names
Armstrong, C. 1905-1969

Armstrong, Charl.

Armstrong Charl. 1905-1969

Armstrong Lewi, Charlotte 1905-1969

Charlotte Armstrong Amerikaans auteur

Charlotte Armstrong écrivaine américaine

Charlotte Armstrong escriptora estatunidenca

Charlotte Armstrong escritora estadounidense

Charlotte Armstrong US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Lewi, Charlotte Armstrong.

Lewi Charlotte Armstrong 1905-1969

Lewi, J.

Lewi, mrs., 1905-1969

Valentine, Jo.

Valentine Jo 1905-1969

Армстронг, Ш., 1905-1969

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암스트롱, 샤럿 1905-1969

암스트롱, 샬럿 1905-1969

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