A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological thriller where areas of grey predominate. If all you know of her, like many, are her Ripley series and Strangers on a Train or other film adaptations, the reissue programme by Vintage over the coming year of her complete backlist is an occasion for celebration (and delightful new covers). Sharp-edged characterisation with a wicked sense of humour, dispassionate portraits of psychopaths whose attraction can often not be denied and clockwork plots with Swiss-watch precision are just some of the delights in store and this initial batch of three splendid and devious novels is the right place to start. Classics that feel still as immediate today as decades ago.
Sydney Bartleby has killed his wife. At least, he has thought about it, compulsively, repeatedly, plotting schemes, designing escapes, forging alibis. Of course he has; he's a thriller writer. He even knows how to dispose of her body. But when Alicia takes a long, unannounced holiday, Sydney descends into the treacherous world of his own fantasy.
'Bears Highsmith's unique, unsurpassed mixture of unsettling psychological insights, moods of tension and malice, and an ending of brilliant ambiguity' The Times
'Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night.' -- The New Yorker
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||6th November 2014|
|Author:||Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar|
|Publisher:||Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, and was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1999 by Anthony Minghella. Graham Greene called Patricia Highsmith 'the poet of apprehension', saying that she 'created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger'. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, ...More About Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar