A Dog's Ransom
Date: December 2015
Duration: 8 hours 50 minutes
The great revival of interest in Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of a novel that will give dog owners nightmares for years to come.
With an eerie simplicity of style, Highsmith turns our next-door neighbors into sadistic psychopaths, lying in wait among white picket fences and manicured lawns. In A Dog's Ransom, Highsmith blends savage humor with brilliant social satire in this dark tale of a highminded criminal who hits a wealthy Manhattan couple where it hurts the most-by kidnapping their beloved poodle.
"Highsmith is a sensitive writer...By the time A Dog's Ransom nears its end, one is fully involved with her characters and their plight. Without overwriting, without belaboring a point, she skillfully probes deeper and deeper. She has a good ear for dialogue, and the ability to underline character with only a few words, or the briefest snatch of conversation. Brava, bravissima!"-New York Times