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Those Who Walk Away: A Virago Modern Classic

Patricia Highsmith

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Those Who Walk Away is a brilliant psychological thriller - a deadly game of cat-and-mouse in the labyrinthine streets of Venice.

'The setting is Venice, the characterisation brilliant, the syle spare and superb' Daily Mail

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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Praise for Those Who Walk Away: A Virago Modern Classic

  • The setting is Venice, the characterisation brilliant, the syle spare and superb - Daily Mail

  • Illuminating - and always compelling - New York Times

  • Highsmith keeps moving, darting in and out of our field of vision, making afterimages that will tremble - but stay - in our minds - New Yorker

  • No one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying - Vogue

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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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