'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times
Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1921 but moved to New York when she was six. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided to become a writer at the age of sixteen. Her first novel Strangers on a Train was made into a famous film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland in 1995. Her last novel Small g- A Summer Idyll was published posthumously just over a month later.
"Ripley, amoral, hedonistic and charming, is a genuinely original creation" Daily Telegraph "As haunting and harrowing a study of a schizophrenic murder as paper will bear. A glittering addition to the meagre ranks of people who make books that you really can't put down" Sunday Times "Precisely plotted, stylishly written and kept alert by an icy wit. Streets ahead of the conventional thriller: a cool little classic of its kind" Evening Standard "An outstanding thriller which has deservedly become a classic" Spectator