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EVELYN PIPER was the pseudonym of Merriam Modell (1908-1994). After graduating from Cornell in the late 1920's, Modell worked as a model and as a secretary for a harmonica quartet, and lived in Germany for a time.

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Bunny Lake Is Missing

Evelyn Piper

Afterword by Maria DiBattista

Blanche Lake is not like the other mothers who come to collect their children after the first day of nursery school on New York's Upper East Side. She lives alone, has a job, and has never been married. Blanche soon experiences every mother's most dreaded nightmare, when Bunny, her daughter, disappears. Neither teachers nor students recall the small girl, and soon Blanche is engaged in a frantic search for any trace of her missing daughter. And the worst part is . . . no one believes she even has a child.

Evelyn Piper takes us into the psyche of the 1950s to explore American fetishes, fallacies, and fears surrounding motherhood and sexuality. Blanche emerges as a new kind of heroine—a hard-boiled mom with gun in hand, willing to take any risk to find her missing daughter.

"A brilliant tale of psychological suspense, Bunny Lake Is Missing is a classic thriller—a riveting revisit to the dark side of the fifties, where the tension beneath the calm surface has an undertow that drags the reader into its grip. Prime pulp—pure pleasure."

—Linda Fairstein, author of The Bone Vault

"A beautiful job . . . frantic scenes of action, contagious terror and near hysteria."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Evelyn Piper . . . master of taut and impelling writing, [presents] a headlong story of nerve-wracking tension, psychological validity and emotional drive."

Oakland Tribune

"The distraught, gusty, and hip mother I played in Bunny Lake Is Missing is my all-time favorite role."

—Carol Lynley

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