People Who Knock on the Door

People Who Knock on the Door

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When Richard Alderman becomes a born-again Christian his family begins to fall into moral crisis. His youngest son, Robbie, embraces his father's new faith, whilst his older son, Arthur, condemns it, leading to a hostile breach in their close-knit family unit. As the Evangelical revival tightens its hold on the Midwest, the Alderman family find themselves increasingly caught up in a web of deceit and violence that reveals some disconcerting ideas of justice. Patricia Highsmith weaves a gripping tale of warped suburban self-righteousness and blind faith, and the effect it can have on even the closest family.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 111 x 178mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747590494
  • 9780747590491

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.show more

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'Venomously accurate' Sunday Times 'A border zone of the macabre, the disturbing, the not-quite-accidental Highsmith achieves the effect of the occult without any recourse to supernatural machinery' New York Times 'She has an uncanny feeling for the rhythms of terror a great gift to create excitement out of apprehension' Times Literary Supplement 'A writer who has created a world of her own Highsmith is the poet of apprehension' Graham Greeneshow more

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4 35% (155)
3 36% (157)
2 9% (38)
1 3% (13)
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