This crime-thriller classic earned the author the Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1954. It tells the story of Dorothy, a young woman in her first year of college, who falls for and agrees to marry a handsome fellow student. But he has eyes only for her money, and when she falls pregnant he realises his gold-digging plans will be ruined, for Dorothy will be disinherited should her father find out. And he can't have that
Dorothy meets a handsome young man with an eye for her inheritance while she is in her sophomore year. They are to be married and her life will be blissful; but Dorothy is pregnant and her fiance's plans are ruined, for Dorothy would be disinherited if her father discovered the truth. So the young man provides his bride to be with some pills that will solve the problem. Soon there will be no baby - and perhaps no Dorothy either... 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.