A Kiss Before Dying

Introducing the story of A Kiss Before Dying by: Ira Levin.

about A Kiss Before Dying:

Among the Authors of detective novels in the world, there are very few Authors to write a new novel or short story that no one being has ever read with a slight difference. In fact, a skilled author can do such a thing and create a remarkable work and a new style.

Undoubtedly, Ira Levin, the famous American novelist, is one of these few authors. he depicted a crazy world where anything could happen to anyone at any time.

A Kiss Before Dying, Levin’s first novel, earned him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. and is regarded as a modern classic thrilling and enigmatic classic novel with a sense of evil humor. it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing not even murder.

About the author:

Ira Levin was born on August 27, 1927 in New York. He attended Horace Mann School. then went to Drake University. and then went to New York University to study philosophy and graduated in 1950.

He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. Levin began making educational films and writing screenplays and plays for radio and television after graduating from university. Since then, he has written novels, screenplays and plays.

In 1954, Ira Levin won the Edgar Award for his novel A Kiss Before Dying. And for the second time, he won this award for his novel Death Hunt, which is considered to be his most famous novel.


It tells the shocking tale of a young man from the lower strata of society who wants to live a life of wealth and prosperity at any cost. This man is called Corliss. He served in the Pacific during World War II, and after being discharged, he found out that his father had been killed in a car accident.

After returning to the United States, he enrolled in college, where he met Dorothy ,a daughter of very rich man named Leo Kingship. And to get a chance to get rich, he becomes Dorothy’s boyfriend. But suddenly Dorothy became pregnant and her boyfriend realized that his plan can be ruined. So to get rid of him, he secretly kills Dorothy and makes her look like a suicide.

Corliss waits for a few months until the news of Dorothy’s death is forgotten, then he goes to Dorothy’s sister, Ellen. The love affair goes according to plan until Ellen begins to investigate her sister’s death and is convinced she has not committed suicide. Eventually, Ellen realizes the truth of Corliss’ work and confronts him.

Corliss confesses to the crime he committed and kills Ellen! Then he goes to the last remnant of Kingship, Marion. This love affair becomes the most successful of all, and soon Corliss gets engaged to Marion’s father after satisfying him.

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A Kiss Before Dying-Ira Levin