The Black House

The Black House

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Some neighbours are playing Scrabble one evening when their cat drags into the house not a bird, or some other catch, but human fingers. A guest arrives at a dinner party where he is not welcome, and his hosts conspire to find and attack his Achilles heel. The crew of the Emma C rescue a beautiful girl floating unconscious in the sea and tension explodes between the men on board. A childless thirtysomething couple decide to invite two elderly folk to live with them, but have they been too generous? In this collection of Patricia Highsmith's wonderfully unsettling short stories, people's motives are frequently twisted and no occurrence is without a sinister underlying meaning.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 20mm | 161g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK open market ed
  • 0747579350
  • 9780747579359
  • 2,190,531

About Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Scroll by the Mystery Writers of America and introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, who was to appear in many of her later crime novels. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously.show more

Review quote

'The Black House runs true to beguilingly upsetting form' Event 'Her stories are masterpieces of misanthropy and futility' Irish Times 'Nothing is certain when we have crossed this frontier. It is not the world as we once believed we knew it, but it is frighteningly more real to us than the house next door' Graham Greene 'A border zone of the macabre, the disturbing, the not-quite accidental' New York Times Book Reviewshow more

Rating details

278 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 15% (41)
4 36% (101)
3 38% (106)
2 8% (22)
1 3% (8)
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