Highsmith blends savage humour with brilliant social satire in this dark tale.
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas. 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'. 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