A Suspension of Mercy

A Suspension of Mercy

eBook - 2012
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A major new reissue of the work of a classic noir novelist.With the acclaim for The Talented Mr. Ripley, more film projects in production, and two biographies forthcoming, expatriate legend Patricia Highsmith would be shocked to see that she has finally arrived in her homeland. Throughout her career, Highsmith brought a keen literary eye and a genius for plumbing the psychopathic mind to more than thirty works of fiction, unparalleled in their placid deviousness and sardonic humor. With deadpan accuracy, she delighted in creating true sociopaths in the guise of the everyday man or woman. Now, one of her finest works is again in print: A Suspension of Mercy, a masterpiece of noir fantasy. With this novel, Highsmith revels in eliciting the unsettling psychological forces that lurk beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life. "For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith."—Time "Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ....bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night."—The New Yorker
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780393344684
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 26, 2019

Having read most of Highsmith’s novels in order of publication, I’ve only a few left before finishing all. This one was a little disappointing. Not because it wasn’t suspenseful or well written, but because none of the main characters acted rationally. Sydney was obviously a psychopath (as are most of the author’s protagonists), but for him to act as he did defies belief. Part of the anticipation of the climax, was wondering “What insane thing will Syd do next?” That being said, the rest of her novels remain high on my do list.

Nov 16, 2011

I just discovered Patricia Highsmith this past year, reading her biography. Since then I'm making my way through her impressive output - the Mr Ripley novels, Stangers on a Train & now this one. All are excellent: engaging from page 1, chillingly cool portrayals of the normal looking psychopaths in our society. Hope her work is all getting a renewed interest, well deserved, better writing than Stephen King's any day! Highly recommended.


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