Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.23 × 2.17 × 0.3 in
Published: August 30, 2001
Publisher: WW Norton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393321983
ISBN - 13: 9780393321982
From the Publisher
With the acclaim for The Talented Mr. Ripley, more film projects in production, and two biographies forthcoming, expatriate legend Patricia Highsmith would be shocked to see that she has finally arrived in her homeland. Throughout her career, Highsmith brought a keen literary eye and a genius for plumbing the psychopathic mind to more than thirty works of fiction, unparalleled in their placid deviousness and sardonic humor. With deadpan accuracy, she delighted in creating true sociopaths in the guise of the everyday man or woman. Now, two of her finest works are again in print: Strangers on a Train, Highsmith''s first novel and the source for Alfred Hitchcock''s classic 1953 film, and A Suspension of Mercy, a masterpiece of noir fantasy. With both novels, Highsmith revels in eliciting the unsettling psychological forces that lurk beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.
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.