A Dog's Ransom by Patricia Highsmith

By Patricia Highsmith

Long out of print, this Highsmith vintage resurfaces with a vengeance.
The nice revival of curiosity in Patricia Highsmith keeps with the book of this novel that might provide puppy proprietors nightmares for years yet to come. With an eerie simplicity of fashion, Highsmith turns our next-door friends into sadistic psychopaths, mendacity in wait between white wooden fences and manicured lawns. In A Dog's Ransom, Highsmith blends a savage humor with marvelous social satire during this darkish story of a highminded legal who hits a filthy rich ny couple the place it hurts the main while he kidnaps their cherished poodle. This paintings attesets to Highsmith's acceptance as "the poet of apprehension" (Graham Greene).

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