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The Two Faces of January

Patricia Highsmith

6 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic crime, Thriller / suspense

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.

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Praise for The Two Faces of January

  • 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

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Patricia Highsmith

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 she 'created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger' and The Times named her no.1 in their list of the greatest ever crime writers. 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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