City lawyer Walter Stackhouse desperately needs to escape his marriage. His wife Clara is neurotic, vindictive and has been systematically alienating all of his friends. She is ruining his life, and it's small wonder then that he finds himself drawn to gentle, sympathetic Ellie. So when Clara jealously makes a failed suicide attempt, Walter realises just what life might be like without her. Meanwhile, the story of a New York woman brutally murdered by her husband has been making headlines and firing Walter's imagination, and he suddenly sees an opportunity to put an end to his torment. But does he really have the courage to get rid of Clara? Or will he be too much of blunderer to see it through?
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- Paperback | 304 pages
- 111 x 178 x 20mm | 171g
- 17 Oct 2005
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- UK open market ed
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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 just over a month later.
'For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith' Time 'Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ... bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night' New Yorker 'Ingenious ... makes a cold clutch at the reader's deeper security' Punch 'Highsmith has an uncanny feeling for the rhythms of terror' Times Literary Supplement