Walter Stockhouse no longer loves his wife and wishes that she was dead - a wish that is fulfilled when her body is discovered at the bottom of a cliff. Kept under close police scrutiny, Walter must eventually struggle for his own life in this suspense novel, reissued for the first time since 1956.
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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American author most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. She wrote more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
''Highsmith's The Blunderer, like her well-remembered Strangers on a Train has a striking plot idea: a curious intertwining of the motives and methods of two deaths, so complex that it defies brief synopsis.'' --New York Times
''Has much of the malevolent intensity of Strangers On A Train and the whim of circumstance does much to victimize Walter Stackhouse, a lawyer . . . Clever.'' --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
''Offer[s] more of Highsmith's signature characters in plots where fairly ordinary people perform extraordinary acts of brutality.'' --Library Journal
''For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith.'' --Time
''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 Telegraph
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