I can't remember where I discovered Ms. Ness's artwork, but I do know that I'm about five years off from having been part of a generation that remembers and considers her books as classics. It's clear why and I'm glad to have found them even if it took thirty years. I bought a few second hand editions of her books and marvel at her range.
For all you crime novel fans out there, Ms. Ness was the former wife of Eliot Ness (of The Untouchables fame), the crime hero that brought down Al Capone. It just made my discovery of her talent that much sweeter.
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