The Crime Writer

The Crime Writer

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In 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, to concentrate on her writing and escape her fans. She has another motive too - a secret romance with a married lover based in London. Unfortunately it soon becomes clear that all her demons have come with her. Prowlers, sexual obsessives, frauds, imposters, suicides and murderers: the tropes of her fictions clamour for her attention, rudely intruding on her peaceful Suffolk retreat. After the arrival of Ginny, an enigmatic young journalist bent on interviewing her, events take a catastrophic turn. Except, as always in Highsmith's troubled life, matters are not quite as they first appear ... Masterfully recreating Highsmith's much exercised fantasies of murder and madness, Jill Dawson probes the darkest reaches of the imagination in this novel - at once a brilliant portrait of a writer and an atmospheric, emotionally charged, riveting tale
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2017
Edition: First Harper Perennial paperback edition
ISBN: 9780062669582
0062669583
Branch Call Number: FIC Daws
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 21 cm

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Aug 08, 2017

For such a short book it dragged and ending sought to imitate recent thrillers like Girl On a Train.

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8honcho8
Jun 23, 2017

You'd be so much better off reading an actual Highsmith novel. This book is a slog with a terrible ending. Just tepid in honor of an author who was anything but.

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uncommonreader
Aug 25, 2016

This is a very clever novel, with Patricia Highsmith as subject and protagonist living out her fantasies of murder and madness in the Suffolk countryside. An enjoyable read.

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