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THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY, CAROL AND STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

‘The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer’ THE TIMES

‘The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense’ MARK BILLINGHAM


‘No one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying’ VOGUE

‘Dear Sir, I suppose you are pretty pleased with yourself? Superior to everyone, you think. A fancy apartment and a snob dog. You are a disgusting little machine, nothing else. Your days are numbered.’

Ed Reynolds, an editor at a prestigious publishing house, has received a number of anonymous poison pen letters. He has no idea who could bear such a grudge. Returning home one night, he finds a ransom note for his wife’s beloved French poodle: ‘I have your dog Lisa. She is well and happy . . . I gather the dog is important to you? We’ll see!’

The criminal has hit the Manhattan couple where it hurts most. And so, with this bizarre event, their nightmare begins. With an eerie simplicity of style, Highsmith turns our next-door neighbours into sadistic psychopaths, lying in wait among white picket fences and manicured lawns. A Dog’s Ransom captures the fragility of middle-class life in this riveting and scathing tale.

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(Highsmith) edges her readers toward the insane territory inhabited by her people . . . readers are sure to be left feeling by turns startled, oppresed, amused and queasy
New York Times Book Review
Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense
Mark Billingham
I love Highsmith so much . . . What a revelation her writing is
Gillian Flynn
For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith
Time
No one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying
Vogue
The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer
The Times
I love Highsmith so much . . . What a revelation her writing is
Gillian Flynn
No one has created psychological suspense more deliciously satisfying
Vogue
The no.1 greatest crime writer
The Times
Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense
Mark Billingham