Strangers on a Train, transformed into a legendary film by
Alfred Hitchcock, displays Highsmiths genius for psychological
characterization and tortuous suspense, while the Price of
Salt with its lesbian lovers and a creepy PI, provides a
thrilling and highly controversial depiction of "the love that dare
not speak it's name"
The Hightower Reader firmly establishes Highsmiths centrality to
American culture by presenting key works that influenced a half
century of literature and film. Abandoned by the wider reading
public in her lifetime Highsmith finally gets the canonical
recognition that is her due.