These are extraordinary stories . . . etched in acid and unforgettable . . . Highsmith is a mistress of a fine and dangerous art. Let the reader beware
Very wicked, very funny and - this being Highsmith's mission in life, as far as one can tell - very unsettling
These little tales are tremendous fun, glorious hand grenades lobbed at the reader by a gleeful, cackling Patricia Highsmith
For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith
It's not just the men who come off badly in this short, sharp shock of a collection... Each story is more appalling than the next, deadpan in tone and dripping with black humour.