"Her best novel." --"The New Yorker""Larger, funnier, and more thematically ambitious than any of Highsmith's other novels."--Francine Prose"Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear. ... Highsmith's finest novel to my mind is "The Tremor of Forgery", and if I were asked what it is about I would reply, 'apprehension.'" --Graham Greene"Highsmith has produced work as serious in its implications and as subtle in its approach as anything being done in the novel today." --Julian Symons"Whereas we read Stephen King or Ruth Rendell to relish the thrills that come from carefully controlled verbal terror, Highsmith is not to be taken so lightly. She conveys a firm, unshakable belief in the existence of evil--personal, psychological, and political."--"Boston Phoenix"
Howard Ingham finds it strange that no one has written to him since he arrived in Tunisia - neither the film director that he is supposed to be meeting in Tunis, nor his lover in New York who is, he hopes, missing him. While he waits around at a beach resort, unable to get going on the film script he is there to write, he starts work on a new novel, about a man living an amoral double life. Howard also befriends a fellow American who has a taste for Scotch and a suspicious interest in the Soviet Union, and a Dane who appears to distrust Arabs intensely. When bad news finally arrives from home, Howard thinks he may as well stay and continue writing, despite the tremors in the air of violence, tensions and ambiguous morals.