A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong
Winner of the 1957 Edgar Award for Best Novel
A longtime bachelor finally marries—only to learn the corrosive power of jealousy
For fifty-five years, Kenneth Gibson has lived in backwaters. A former army clerk, he makes a quiet living teaching poetry to indifferent undergrads. His life is happily dull until the day he meets Rosemary, a damaged girl whose frailty compels Kenneth to try to make her well. They wed, and as Rosemary recovers from her depression, Gibson falls in love, transforming his world. But his wife will never love him.
She is smitten with their landlord, a dashing young chemical engineer named Paul. Gibson wants to let her go, but he cannot bear to be parted with the first love he has ever known. In Paul’s house is a case of poison, and this love triangle can only end in death.
“[Reading this] bubblingly gay and warm story of attempted suicide [is] an experience as delightful as it is unclassifiable.” - New York Times
“One of the few authentic spell-casting witches of modern times.” - Anthony Boucher, author of Nine Times Nine
“Charlotte Armstrong is the American queen of suspense novelists.” - New York Telegraph
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