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Blunderer

by Patricia Highsmith

WW Norton | November 29, 2001 | Trade Paperback

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With the Savage Humor of Evelyn Waugh and the macabre sensibility of Edgar Allan Poe, Patricia Highsmith brought a distinct twentieth-century acuteness to her prolific body of fiction. In her more than twenty novels, psychopaths lie in wait amid the milieu of the mundane, in the neighbor clipping the hedges or the spouse asleep next to you at night. Now, Norton continues the revival of this noir genius with two more of her lost masterpieces: The Blunderer, first published in 1953 and hailed as her finest novel, about the rise and fall of a faithful suburban husband who plots his wife''s demise in fantasies gruesome and eerily serene; and a later work from 1983, People Who Knock on the Door, a tale about blind faith and the slippery notion of justice that lies beneath the peculiarly American veneer of righteousness. Both novels, out of print for years, again attest to Highsmith''s reputation as "the poet of apprehension" (Graham Greene).

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: November 29, 2001

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393322440

ISBN - 13: 9780393322446

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Blunderer

by Patricia Highsmith

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: November 29, 2001

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393322440

ISBN - 13: 9780393322446

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With the Savage Humor of Evelyn Waugh and the macabre sensibility of Edgar Allan Poe, Patricia Highsmith brought a distinct twentieth-century acuteness to her prolific body of fiction. In her more than twenty novels, psychopaths lie in wait amid the milieu of the mundane, in the neighbor clipping the hedges or the spouse asleep next to you at night. Now, Norton continues the revival of this noir genius with two more of her lost masterpieces: The Blunderer, first published in 1953 and hailed as her finest novel, about the rise and fall of a faithful suburban husband who plots his wife''s demise in fantasies gruesome and eerily serene; and a later work from 1983, People Who Knock on the Door, a tale about blind faith and the slippery notion of justice that lies beneath the peculiarly American veneer of righteousness. Both novels, out of print for years, again attest to Highsmith''s reputation as "the poet of apprehension" (Graham Greene).

About the Author

As a writer of novels, short stories, and teleplays, Highsmith is known for her character studies exploring people's darker side---the side of an apparently moral person who is capable of murder. Highsmith likes to examine the ways in which people can get to the point at which they are capable of murder, as well as who they become after they have committed a crime. In carefully constructed stories and novels, she integrates this scrutiny of the human psyche into complex plots that often take unexpected twists. An example is her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), in which architect Guy Haines meets Charles Bruno on a train. Bruno conceives a plan to have Haines kill Bruno's father, while Bruno will kill Haines's wife. The effect that this plan has on Haines is the focus of the story. Highsmith does not publish a great amount of fiction, but when she does, her work is always among the best in the genre.
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