A cracker... a compellingly creepy novel that foreshadowed much of what Highsmith would explore in The Talented Mr Ripley
Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense
A writer who has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger . . . Miss Highsmith is the poet of apprehension
'Highsmith was every bit as deviant and quirky as her mischievous heroes, and didn't seem to mind if everyone knew it'