The Crime Writer

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By the Orange Prize-shortlisted Jill Dawson, a riveting novel that folds a brilliant portrait of Patricia Highsmith into a tale of duplicity, madness and murder - 'a creepy cracker' Mail on Sunday
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ISBN-13: 9781444731132
ISBN-10: 1444731130
Pagini: 256
Dimensiuni: 131 x 201 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.18 kg
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Jill Dawson is the author of Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, a Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2009, Lucky Bunny and The Tell-Tale Heart. In addition she has edited six anthologies of short stories and poetry. Born in Durham, Jill Dawson grew up in Yorkshire. She has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, where she taught on the MA in Creative Writing course. In 2006 she received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her work. She lives in the Fens with her husband and two sons.

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In 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, England, to concentrate on her writing and escape her fans. She has another motive too,―a secret romance with a married lover based in London.
Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that all her demons have come with her. Prowlers, sexual obsessives, frauds, impostors, suicides, and murderers: the tropes of her fictions clamor for her attention, rudely intruding on her peaceful Suffolk retreat. After the arrival of Ginny, an enigmatic young journalist bent on interviewing her, events take a catastrophic turn. Except, as always in Highsmith’s troubled life, matters are not quite as they first appear . . .
Masterfully re-creating Highsmith’s much exercised fantasies of murder and madness, in The Crime Writer Jill Dawson probes the darkest reaches of the imagination,―at once a brilliant portrait of a writer and an atmospheric, emotionally charged, riveting tale.


“If, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this fictionalized account of author Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 sojourn in Sussex is high-grade flattery indeed… Fans of The Price of Salt (the basis for the 2015 film Carol) will savor this phantasmagoria.”
“Suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith finds herself caught in a real-life situation that seems to have sprung from the pages of one of her novels. It’s a clever conceit, plunging an author into a scenario right out of her own queasy-making fiction, and it’s adroitly handled, forcing Pat to live out her ideas of crime and guilt.”
“[A] dreamlike, high-tension novel...Dawson smoothly marries fact with fiction to capture the famously prickly Highsmith while astutely exploring love, obsession, and the myriad shades of darkness within us all.”
“This novel is the real deal. Beautifully written and a must for all Highsmith fans.”
“It’s brilliant.”
The Crime Writer represents an astonishing act of literary ventriloquism, easily on a par with The Master, Colm Tóibín’s fine novel about Henry James.
“Ventriloquy is Dawson’s forte . . . this fascinating, skillfully constructed novel builds a convincing picture of Patricia Highsmith ”
“All great writers’ biographies are less interesting than their work, but Patricia Highsmith gave hers a run for its money...[The Crime Writer is]sharp and absorbing, with brilliant imaginative flights and a fine sensitivity to its subject’s thorny, wounded, uncanny mind.”
“You do not need to be a passionate Highsmith fan to admire this beautifully written and elegant novel, but I think it will particularly appeal to those who have read her books and know something about her life; they should recognise many of the allusions and ideas.”
“A beautifully crafted and utterly riveting blend of fact and fiction about a fascinating 20th-century figure.”
“Dawson has drawn a witty, creepy plot as well as a convincing character sketch of a woman all too easy to caricature.”
“Dawson skillfully constructs a dark tale that Highsmith fans will love.”
“A dark tale of madness and murder, of obsession and delusion, that’s worthy of Highsmith herself.”
“[An] impeccable portrait . . . a hugely compelling read, jam-packed full of tensions and psychological insight, all beautifully observed.”
“An assured and visceral page-turner, as convincing as it is bold.”
“An intoxicating, shadowy narrative . . . [Dawson’s] version of events will delight Highsmith’s fans.”
“This novel is one wonderful long riff on Patricia Highsmith . . . Unsettling, sexy and gripping.”
“Fantastically moody and appealingly unhinged — a piece of sophisticated literary ventriloquism that achieves a wonderful blurring of the lines between fact and fantasy.”