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Susie's husband is asked to hold a doll for a woman as they get off an airplane. She disappears. Mike and Carlino are small time hoods who find the woman's body in Susie's apartment, placed there by her partner, Harry Rote. Susie's blindness is the key to them searching the apartment for the doll that contains smuggled drugs. Mike pretends to be an old friend of Susie's husband while her husband is away and together the crooks invent a story of a police investigation of her husband that only the discovery of the now missing doll can save him from. Rote is a killer, and his stalking of Susie becomes more and more obvious as the story unfolds, leaving us with the question, how does a blind woman defend herself.

Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod) with whom she has an exasperated but lovingly maternal relationship. Susy's life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a baby doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. Unknown to Susy, her photographer husband Sam (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) took the doll as a favor for a woman he met on an international plane flight and unwittingly brought the doll to the couple's New York apartment when the woman became afraid of the customs officials.

Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susy must fight for her life against a gang of ruthless criminals, led by the violent, psychotic Roat (Alan Arkin).this diverse quartet of not-always-predictable suspense novellas will have readers thinking twice about whom to trust and about being on their own, especially after dark. Veteran author Robards leads off with "Manna from Heaven," a fast-paced, humor-touched adventure involving falling bodies, drug rings, assorted wild animals, and a take-charge hero. Andrea Kane's "Stone Cold" adds a dysfunctional family touch when an unexpected inheritance from an architect's biological father triggers dangerous reactions from her "legitimate" relatives.

The climax of the film, a violent physical confrontation between Susie and Roat in her dark kitchen, is one of the most memorable and frightening scenes in screen history. All performances are outstanding, particularly those of Audrey Hepburn who plays a vulnerable, but self-reliant woman, and Alan Arkin, in perhaps his best role, as the ruthless, manipulative Roat. Linda Anderson's "Once in a Blue Moon," a deceptively chilling tale of a small-town librarian who becomes a psychopath's stalking victim, and "Til Death Do Us Part," Mariah Stewart's eerie story of a model who ends up the target of a marriage-minded killer. Spine-tingling reading for a warm summer's night.


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