Dread Journey
Dorothy B. Hughes

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Narrated By: Gabrielle de Cuir

Duration: 7 hours and 12 minutes

What to expect

On a transcontinental train, a starlet fears her director may be trying to kill her.

Four years after she arrived in Los Angeles, Kitten Agnew has become a star. Though beautiful and talented, she'd be nowhere without Vivien Spender, Hollywood's most acclaimed director—and its most dangerous. But Kitten knew what she was getting into when she got involved with him; she had heard the stories of Viv's past discoveries. Once he discarded them, they ended up in a chorus line, a sanatorium, or worse. She knows enough of his secrets that he wouldn't dare destroy her career—but he may be willing to kill her.

On a train from Los Angeles to Chicago, Kitten learns that Viv is planning to offer her roommate a part that was meant for her. If she lets him betray her, her career will be over. But fight for the part and she will be fighting for her life as well.


Crime and mystery fiction, Fiction: general and literary

Listen to a sample

“The tension and terror of [Dread Journey] are such that few will be able to lay the book down unfinished.”

New York Times

“Nobody but Dorothy Hughes can cast suspense into such an uncanny spell.”