Six years after her death, Patricia Highsmith is in the middle of a renaissance. Since the release of Anthony Minghella's film of The Talented Mr. Ripley, her stock has been steadily rising among readers. Two reissues, A Suspension of Mercy and Strangers on a Train, feed the flames. In A Suspension of Mercy, American freelance writer Sydney becomes obsessed with the putative murder of his English wife, Alicia; in Strangers on a Train, the source for Hitchcock's 1953 classic, one man's guilty conscience disrupts two men's criminal plans. The movie rights to A Suspension of Mercy have been optioned by Warner Bros. for Heyday Films.
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For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith. -- TimeSee all Product Description
One of Highsmith's best novels, not only is this a thrilling work but also a literary one. I find it comparable to 'The Blunderer,' but ten times better. Definitely recommended.Published on Aug. 30 2003 by Kenneth Hand
I'm so glad that the works of Patricia Highsmith have been reissued (I particularly love her Ripley series). Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by Westley
There is something tantalyzing about reading a book that could only be a book; a story that hides behind the fact that you can only know what you are told, never what you see. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2001 by Michael Schau