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The Crime Writer
Author: Jill Dawson

ISBN: 9781444731125
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 31 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.8
Description:
A tour de force from the Orange Prize-shorlisted Jill Dawson - at once a brilliant portrait of Patricia Highsmith in all her oddness and a pitch-perfect Highsmith-like tale of duplicity, obsession and murder.

In 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk in order to concentrate on her writing. She has other motives too - a secret romance with a married woman based in London and her dislike of the fame and attention that has followed her since her first novel was made into a Hitchcock film and her fourth, The Talented Mr Ripley, was published to such acclaim.

Unfortunately it soon becomes clear that Pat is not alone: all her demons have come with her. Prowlers, sexual obsessives, frauds, imposters, suicides and murderers: the tropes of her fictions clamour for her attention, rudely intruding on her peaceful Suffolk retreat. After the arrival of Ginny, an enigmatic young journalist who would like to interview her, events begin to turn catastrophically dark, ending in a fatal accident. Except, as always in Pat's troubled and eventful life, perhaps things are not as they seem.....
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