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Mermaids on the Golf Course

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780349004754

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The bestselling author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train

‘For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there’s no one like Patricia Highsmith’ TIME

‘They compel attention and they add significantly to her already formidable presence’ WASHINGTON POST

‘The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer’ THE TIMES

The stories collected in Mermaids on the Golf Course are among Patricia Highsmith’s most mature, psychologically penetrating works. Published in the latter part of her career, these stories reveal Highsmith’s mastery of the short story form. Moving between locales as various as France, Mexico, Zurich and New York, Highsmith transforms the mundane features of everyday life into an eerie backdrop for her penetrating stories of violence, secrecy, and madness.

In The Stuff of Madness, Christopher Waggoner, increasingly dismayed by his wife’s habit of preserving dead pets in their garden, enacts a devious revenge by adding a bizarre new exhibit to their collection; in the title story, an eminent economist’s brush with death endows his once-familiar desires with tragic consequences; and in A Shot from Nowhere, a young painter who witnesses a gruesome death on a vacant Mexican Street becomes trapped in an unimaginable nightmare.

In these piercing stories, Highsmith creates a world all the more frightening because we recognise it as our own . . .

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One of the exhilarating effects of reading Highsmith's stories . . . is their surehandedness, their amazing breadth and abundance . . . they compel attention and they add significantly to her already formidable presence
Washington Post
Eleven short stories from the 70's and 80's, featuring-like much of Highsmith's recent fiction-morbid obsessions, suicidal urges, and considerable nastiness.
Kirkus Reviews
The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer
The Times
For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith
Highsmith edges her reader 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
More mood pieces and psychological studies than nicely plotted stories, these tales are depressing and downbeat, albeit very well written
Publishers Weekly