As Good as the Books of Patricia Highsmith

American writer Patricia Highsmith was enormously prolific and incredibly successful for most of her writing life. Her stories and novels are at one level entertaining for their suspense and mystery, but they remain classics for their insight into the worst psychological aspects a mind can devise. And for this reason, they are both intriguing and excellent source material for thoughtful, disturbing films.


Seeing as I wrote two papers during my time as a Masters student about domestic suspense in film, I couldn’t wait to read these stories.  And I was not disappointed.  Editor Sarah Weinman has done a fine job of sifting through so many tales and giving us a curated taste of various styles.  Some stories…