Mas a atmosfera de romance policial é apenas um dos atrativos do romance. A narrativa em tom cortante e seco constrói um painel do universo juvenil utilizando os códigos de linguagem estabelecidos pelos adolescentes em conflito. Com precisão e sensibilidade, o autor mergulha num mundo desprovido de recursos, retratando com maestria as gírias e manias dessa idade, suas “listas”, suas obsessões por frases e palavras de duplo sentido, a sexualidade emergente e o desejo de violência, expresso em palavras e ações. Forçando a todo momento o limite da sua inocência, o protagonista Harri tenta se enquadrar neste universo.
Mais do que o retrato desolador de uma metrópole desigual, Stephen Kelman constrói um comovente romance de formação, expondo a dureza de um cotidiano em um mundo pleno de crueldade pelos olhos de um garoto que tem no amor pelos pássaros e pelas pessoas uma forte motivação de vida. Este menino sonhador inevitavelmente se choca com a sociedade em que vive, mas ao guardar dentro de si algo lúdico em sua visão de mundo, descobre-se ainda capacitado para realizar ações nobres.
Surpreendido pela visita de um ex-colega de colégio, Billy Hunt, Quirke fica ainda mais espantado quando o homem lhe pede que não faça autópsia na esposa, Deirdre, cujo corpo foi recentemente resgatado das águas da baía de Dublin. Apesar de tudo apontar para suicídio, Quirke pressente que algo está errado e, após fazer um exame secreto do cadáver, inicia uma investigação particular para desvendar os mistérios daquela morte.
Se ela não se matou, quem o fez e por quê?
Ao mergulhar na escuridão por trás das evidências, Quirke conhece pessoas que podem ter selado o destino daquela jovem cuja infância miserável deixou profundas cicatrizes. Entre elas, Leslie White, um aproveitador ladino que lhe propõe uma parceria comercial num salão de beleza, O Cisne de Prata, e Dr. Kreutz, filho de um psicanalista austríaco e de uma jovem indiana, que se autodenominava curandeiro espiritual e preenchia muitas das horas ociosas de Deirdre com histórias de sua mística e exótica religiosidade. Aos poucos, Quirke descobre uma rede de mentiras e chantagens que ameaça envolver até sua própria filha, Phoebe. E, embora o perigo sempre o tenha estimulado, há coisas naquele caso que melhor seria ter permanecido ocultas.
Hábil estilista literário, Benjamin Black compõe longas passagens descritivas, permeadas de personagens críveis e densos que se reúnem numa trama de conclusão absolutamente chocante.
Therese is nineteen and working in a department store during the Christmas shopping season. She dates men, although not with real enthusiasm. One day a beautiful older woman comes over to her counter and buys a doll. As the purchase is a C.O.D. order, Therese makes a mental note of the customer’s address. She is intrigued and drawn to the woman. Although young, inexperienced and shy, she writes a note to the customer, Carol, and is elated and surprised when Carol invites her to meet.
Therese realizes she has strong feelings for Carol, but is unsure of what they represent. Carol, in the process of a bitter separation and divorce, is also quite lonely. Soon the two women begin spending a great deal of time together. Before long, they are madly and hopelessly in love. The path is not easy for them, however. Carol also has a child and a very suspicious husband--dangerous ground for the lovers. When the women leave New York and travel west together, they discover the choices they’ve made to be together will have lasting effects on both their lives.
Considered to be the first lesbian pulp novel to break the pulp publishing industry-enforced pattern of tragic consequences for its lesbian heroines, The Price of Salt was written by Patricia Highsmith (under the pseudonym, Claire Morgan) – the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
As one reviewer wrote in 1952, “Claire Morgan is completely natural. She has a story to tell and she tells it with an almost conversational ease. Her people are neither degenerate monsters nor fragile victims of the social order. They must—and do—pay a price for thinking, feeling and loving ‘differently,’ but they are courageous and true to themselves throughout.”
Now a major motion picture.
Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic.
Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany—the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. Carol is a brilliantly written story that may surprise Highsmith fans and will delight those discovering her work.
This authorized edition includes an afterword by Patricia Highsmith. Previously titled The Price of Salt.
The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was present from the beginning, when her debut, Strangers on a Train, galvanized the reading public. Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. "Some people are better off dead," Bruno remarks, "like your wife and my father, for instance." As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith's perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.
The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith on a prolific career of noir fiction, proving her a master at depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.
Author Patricia Highsmith is best known for her psychological thrillers Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Originally published in 1952 under a pseudonym, The Price of Salt was heralded as "the novel of a love society forbids." Highsmith's sensitive treatment of fully realized characters who defy stereotypes about homosexuality marks a departure from previous lesbian pulp fiction. Erotic, eloquent, and suspenseful, this story offers an honest look at the necessity of being true to one's nature. The book is also the basis of the acclaimed 2015 film Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder—one that soon comes true. In this complex portrayal of a dangerous psychosis emerging in the most unlikely of places, Highsmith examines the chilling reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life.
Originally published in 1964, and the winner of the CWA Best Foreign Novel Award, Patricia Highsmith’s The Two Faces of January is a chilling tale of suspense, suffused with her trademark slow, creeping unease.
In a grubby Athens hotel, Rydal Keener is bored and killing time with petty scams. But when he runs into another American, Chester MacFarland, dragging a man’s body down the hotel hall, Rydan impulsively agrees to help, perhaps because Chester looks like his father. Then Rydal meets Collete, Chester’s younger wife, and captivated, becomes entangled in their sordid lives, as the drama marches to a shocking climax at the ruins of the labyrinth at Knossos.
A film version of The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac (Drive, Inside Llewelyn Davis) is in production. Adapted by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive), and produced by Working Title and Timnick Films (The Talented Mr. Ripley), it will be released later this fall.
“An offbeat, provocative and absorbing suspense novel.”—The New York Times
“Patricia Highsmith is one of the few suspense writers whose work transcends genre.”—The Austin American-Statesman