Published to celebrate the centenary of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers, this is the most comprehensive collection of Highsmith's short fiction, including two unpublished stories.
Disturbing, exhilarating, potent, savagely funny.
By opening this book, you've given Patricia Highsmith permission to follow you, catch you, take you apart. Get ready to run!
A writer who has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger . . . Highsmith is the poet of apprehension
Every story by the unparalleled master Patricia Highsmith shimmers like a dark gem as she turns her gimlet eye on domesticity, suburban madness, toxic families, the loneliness of childhood. Often mordantly funny and always psychologically acute, this collection is not to be missed.
For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith - Time
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to New York when she was six. 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.