Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.65 in
Published: October 29, 2002
Publisher: W W Norton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393323668
ISBN - 13: 9780393323665
From the Publisher
Following the national bestseller Selected Stories, this fall brings the republication of two gripping classics. Stories from The Animal-Lover''s Book of Beastly Murder portray, with incisive humor, the murderously competitive desires of our most trusted companions. In this satirical reprise of Kafka, cats, dogs, and the occasional cockroach are no longer benign elements of a happy home but actually have the power to destroy it.
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.