The Crime Writer


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Publisher: Sceptre

Year: 2016

Format: Hardback

Signed: 1

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“..””One wonderful long riff on Patricia Highsmith. Unsettling, sexy and gripping”” Tim Pears. In 1964 the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith (1921-95), 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. Signed by Dawson to the title page. Fine in Fine jacket”

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