The Slayer and the Slain (Helen McCloy)

By Helen McCloy

First published: US, Random House, 1957; UK, Gollancz, 1958

Capsule review

The less I say about this one, the better.  To identify the story, I’ll say: American academic setting; masterly atmosphere of  unease; hyper-ingenious plot.  Nuff said.  Just go and read it.

Contemporary reviews

Observer (Maurice Richardson, 30th March 1958):

New England psychologist, after a fall and concussion, starts having alarming paranormal experiences.  Somebody forges one of his cheques, shoots alcoholic husband of his old flame.  You may guess the solution too soon but the tension keeps up.