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"Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night." ―The New Yorker
With the savage humor of Evelyn Waugh and the macabre sensibility of Edgar Allan Poe, Patricia Highsmith brought a distinct twentieth-century acuteness to her prolific body of fiction. In her more than twenty novels, psychopaths lie in wait amid the milieu of the mundane, in the neighbor clipping the hedges or the spouse asleep next to you at night. Now, Norton continues the revival of this noir genius with another of her lost masterpieces: a later work from 1983, People Who Knock on the Door, is a tale about blind faith and the slippery notion of justice that lies beneath the peculiarly American veneer of righteousness. This novel, out of print for years, again attests to Highsmith's reputation as "the poet of apprehension" (Graham Greene).
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Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.From Library Journal:
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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Book Description Penguin Books, 1984. Condition: Very Good. New Ed. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP71721417
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1983. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Penguin Books, 1983.Softcover, Used. Book condition: Very Good. Some rubbing and signs of wear on cover, front and back, no tears. Very slight browning along page edges, otherwise, clean, tight copy. From the blurb: "When Richard Alderman becomes a born-again Christian, his teenage son Arthur's opposition creates an implacable hostility between them. And when his other son adopts his father's views, the ensuing turmoil of deceit unveils disconcerting notions of justice.". Seller Inventory # ABE-1510604906211