The Crime Writer

  • by Jill Dawson
  • Narrated by Regina Regan
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1964 the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, 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, imposters, suicides and murderers: the tropes of her fictions clamour 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....

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Superb narration and excellent, unguessable plot

An intriguing insight into a mind wired a little differently from the norm. Has made me want to read more of Jill Dawson AND Patricia Highsmith.
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- Amazon Customer

Intriguing as one of Highsmith's own novels.

I am not usually a fan of fictionalised versions of real people...I had a tendency to break off to check if x or y event actually happened. This don't happen with this book because I found myself so engrossed in the world of Dawson's 'Pat' that the reality became irrelevant. I think that Highsmith might have enjoyed the book...while it's no 'Talented Mr. Ripley' (what is?)- the story is effortlessly suspenseful and has some intriguing things to say about the imagination and the way it impacts on our experience of the world. It is in no way as pretentious as that makes it sound!
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- oohmarkie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2016
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd