Renowned for her subtly twisted crime novels, this collection of short stories brings Patricia Highsmith’s inimitable skills and dark imagination to the fore. A perfect tribute in this, the centenary year of her birth.
Introduced by Carmen Maria Machado
Patricia Highsmith was one of the great twentieth-century novelists, celebrated for classics The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train, but she was also a masterful and prolific short-story writer. This definitive new collection, featuring two stories that have never been published before, confirms Highsmith as a genius of the genre.
Peerlessly disturbing, exhilarating and savagely funny, Highsmith's stories still have the power to startle, presenting a world that is frighteningly familiar and as relevant today as when they were written.
Includes two newly discovered stories and is the only volume of Highsmith's stories to select from a lifetime of short-story writing
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 964 g
Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 52 mm
'By opening this book, you've given Patricia Highsmith permission to follow you, catch you, take you apart. Get ready to run.' - Carmen Maria Machado
'Every story shimmers like a dark gem as Patricia Highsmith turns her gimlet eye on domesticity, suburban madness, toxic families and the loneliness of childhood. Often mordantly funny and always psychologically acute, this collection is not to be missed' - Megan Abbott
'For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith' - Time
'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' - Graham Greene
'If Patricia Highsmith, in her novels, holds us hostages in a maze of dark dreams, inexplicable desires, and irrational urges, in her short stories she breaks down the maze, wedges its fragments in our minds, and leaves it to us to rebuild the phantom maze and submit ourselves again to her grip' - Yiyun Li
'The sheer macabre, amoral brilliance of Patricia Highsmith surely makes her one of the finest writers in the English language' - Richard Osman
'I love Patricia Highsmith ... What a revelation her writing was' - Gillian Flynn
'To call Patricia Highsmith a thriller writer is true but not the whole truth: her books have stylistic texture, psychological depth, mesmeric readability' - The Sunday Times
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