A Dog's Ransom: A Virago Modern Classic
THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY, CAROL AND STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' THE TIMES
'The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense' MARK BILLINGHAM
'No one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying' VOGUE
'Dear Sir, I suppose you are pretty pleased with yourself? Superior to everyone, you think. A fancy apartment and a snob dog. You are a disgusting little machine, nothing else. Your days are numbered.'
Ed Reynolds, an editor at a prestigious publishing house, has received a number of anonymous poison pen letters. He has no idea who could bear such a grudge. Returning home one night, he finds a ransom note for his wife's beloved French poodle: 'I have your dog Lisa. She is well and happy . . . I gather the dog is important to you? We'll see!'
The criminal has hit the Manhattan couple where it hurts most. And so, with this bizarre event, their nightmare begins. With an eerie simplicity of style, Highsmith turns our next-door neighbours into sadistic psychopaths, lying in wait among white picket fences and manicured lawns. A Dog's Ransom captures the fragility of middle-class life in this riveting and scathing tale.
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