Highsmith blends savage humour with brilliant social satire in this dark tale.
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.
I love Highsmith so much . . . What a revelation her writing isHighsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of SuspenseNo one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying - Vogue(Highsmith) edges her readers toward the insane territory inhabited by her people . . . readers are sure to be left feeling by turns startled, oppresed, amused and queasy - New York Times Book ReviewFor eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith - TimeThe No.1 Greatest Crime Writer - The Times