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The Two Faces of January

by Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Hilary

Part of the Virago Modern Classics Series

The Two Faces of January Synopsis

Now a major motion picture starring Viggo Mortenson and Kirsten Dunst. 'Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense' Mark Billingham Two men meet in the picturesque backstreets of Athens. Chester MacFarlane is a conman with multiple false identities, near the end of his rope and on the run with his young wife Colette. Rydal Keener is a young drifter looking for adventure: he finds it in one evening as the law catches up to Chester and Colette, and their fates become fatally entwined. Patricia Highsmith draws us deep into a cross-European game of cat and mouse in this masterpiece of suspense from the author of The Talented Mr Ripley.

The Two Faces of January Press Reviews

Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense - Mark Billingham The No. 1 greatest crime writer - The Times An offbeat, provocative and absorbing suspense novel - The New York Times I'm a huge fan - Sarah Waters Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing . . . bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night - The New Yorker Suspenseful and evocative - Stylist

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349008080
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Hilary
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Classic crime, Thriller / suspense,

About Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Hilary

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to New York when she was six, where she attended the Julia Richman High School and Barnard College. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided at the age of sixteen to become a writer. 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 ...

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