The Lady in the Lake Characters

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Mildred Haviland / Muriel Chess / Mrs. Fallbrook

Throughout the course of this novel Mildred Haviland pretends to be three different characters. First, she introduces herself to Bill Chess as Muriel and becomes his wife. She is soon tired of living with Chess and stages her own disappearance. She kills Crystal Kingsley, dresses Crystal in Muriel's clothes, and puts Crystal's body in Little Fawn Lake. Then Muriel leaves a goodbye note on her dresser, packs her bags into her car and leaves her car in a deserted mountain area for the authorities to find. She then drives away in Crystal's car, which she leaves at The Prescott Hotel after she runs into Lavery there. When Marlowe discovers Mildred at the scene of Lavery's murder, she pretends to be Mrs. Fallbrook, the owner of Lavery's house. Although Mildred does not do a very convincing portrayal of a landlady, Marlowe cannot figure out...

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