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

‘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 densely and deliciously satisfying’ VOGUE

‘Ramón had done it. Obviously! He thought about Ramón, his Catholic soul trapped in his passion for Lelia. He’d find Ramón and see that he paid with his life for what he had done.’

In A Game for the Living, threads of sexual jealousy and guilt are shot through with all Patricia Highsmith’s uncanny talent for the unexpected.

Ramón mends furniture. Theodore paints. A devout Catholic, Ramón lives in Mexico City, not far from where he was born into poverty. Theodore, a rich German transplanted to a country where money buys some comfort but no peace, believes in nothing at all.

You’d think the two had nothing in common. Except, of course, that both had slept with Lelia. The two were good friends, so neither minded sharing her affections. They did mind, however, when Lelia was found raped, murdered, and horribly mutilated. The two friends, suspects both, twist in a limbo of tension and doubt, each seeking his own form of solace and truth.

A thrilling, psychologically complex novel, rich with setting, A Game for the Living is Highsmith at her best.

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USA Today
The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer
The Times
I love Highsmith so much . . . What a revelation her writing is
Gillian Flynn
There's no thriller writer's gamesmanship in her novels, none of the reassuring trickery of professional pulp; Highsmith's style is as blunt and straightforward as a strip-search
New Yorker
I love Highsmith so much . . . What a revelation her writing is
Gillian Flynn
Highsmith writes about men like a spider writing about flies
Observer
For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith
Time
For some obscure reason, one of our greatest modernist writers, Patricia Highsmith, has been thought of in her own land as a writer of thrillers. She is both. She is certainly one of the most interesting writers of this dismal century
Gore Vidal
No one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying
Vogue