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

Those Who Walk Away A Virago Modern Classic

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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.

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'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.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar

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Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

ISBN

9780349004860

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