debuts of the month eleanor oliphant make the most of Lovereading
Search our site
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell Read the opening extract of the brand new Bernard Cornwell book before its publication on 19/10/2017

Those Who Walk Away A Virago Modern Classic by Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
  

Those Who Walk Away A Virago Modern Classic

Part of the Virago Modern Classics Series
Thriller / Suspense   Crime / Mystery   Maxim Jakubowski's Selection   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

RRP £8.99

Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Maxim Jakubowski's view...

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.

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

Win a signed copy of stunning debut Blue Light Yokohama

We have 10 signed copies (using signed book plates) of Blue Light Yokohama, a stunning debut novel. It is a beautifully plotted police procedural set in Japan by Nicolas Obregon, a new British author. Evocative and serpentine, this marks the debut of a fresh new voice and a remarkable maverick detective with a difference.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 6 November 2017. The winners will be notified by 12th November 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 06/11/2017

Synopsis

Those Who Walk Away A Virago Modern Classic by Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar

The honeymoon is over; the bride dead by her own hand. Ray Garrett, the grieving husband, convinces the police in Rome of his innocence, but not his father-in-law, Ed Coleman, who shoots him at point-blank range and leaves him for dead. Ray survives and follows Coleman to Venice, where the two fall into an eerie game of cat-and-mouse - Coleman obsessed with vengeance and Ray determined to save his reputation, and himself. Each is at once the hunter and the hunted in a tense duel that, as each manages to walk away, draws them nearer to death.

Reviews

'Bears Highsmith's unique, unsurpassed mixture of unsettling psychological insights, moods of tension and malice, and an ending of brilliant ambiguity' The Times


About the Author

Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar

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, was published posthumously, the same year.

Author photo © Jerry Bauer

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar

More books by Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

ISBN

9780349004860

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Lovereading tells me about new books before they hit the shelves, lets me find other authors I may like and has great prize draws!

Sheila Dale

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools