Two teenagers fresh out of stir set their sights on what looks like easy money in Dolores Hitchens’s Fools’ Gold (1958)—and get a painful education in how quickly and drastically a simple plan can spin out of control. The basis for Jean-Luc Godard’s film Band of Outsiders, Fools’ Gold is a sharply told tale distinguished by its nuanced portrait of a sheltered young woman who becomes a reluctant accomplice and fugitive. This classic novel is one of eight works included in The Library of America's two-volume edition Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s, edited by Sarah Weinman.
About the author
Dolores Hitchens (1907–1973) was a prolific mystery and suspense writer, the author of Sleep With Strangers (1955), Fools' Gold (1958), and The Watcher (1959), among many other works, under her own name, and twenty additional suspense novels as D. B. Olsen. She was one of eight writers whose work was collected in Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940 and 50s, published in the Library of America series in 2015.
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