By Patricia Highsmith

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Short stories of suspense by the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley—"a brilliant collection" with a foreword by Graham Greene (The Sunday Times).

Master of tension Patricia Highsmith is best known for her novels of ever-increasing suspense, but she is equally adept at the short story, where "she is after the quick kill rather than the slow encirclement of the reader." Eleven is Highsmith's first collection of short stories—dark masterpieces of obsession and foreboding, violence and instability (Graham Greene, from the foreword).

In these pages, naturalists meet gruesome ends and unhinged heroes disturb our sympathies; simple cases of murder turn out to be something even more sinister, and the cruelties of childhood come to unsettling life. This is a captivating, important collection from "one of the truly brilliant short-story writers of the twentieth century" (Otto Penzler).

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