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Published in 1954 and 1985, respectively, this duo offer more of Highsmith's signature characters in plots where fairly ordinary people perform extraordinary acts of brutality. The Blunderer finds protagonist Walter Stackhouse, who fantasizes about knocking off his wife, in hot water with the cops after the Mrs. ends up at the bottom of a cliff. When Richard Alderman becomes a born-again Christian in People Who Knock on Doors, his family is shattered, leading to a violent outcome.
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Almost unputdownable. Miss Highsmith writes about men like a spider writing about flies. The Observer Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night The New Yorker One of the greatest modernist writers Gore Vidal My suspicion is that when the dust has settled and when the chronicle of 20th-century American literature comes to be written, history will place Highsmith at the top of the pyramid, as we should place Dostoevsky at the top of the Russian hierarchy of novelists -- A.N Wilson Daily TelegraphSee all Product Description