'A writer who has created a world of her own; a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger' Graham Greene 'Highsmith is an exquisitely sardonic etcher of the casually treacherous personality' Newsday 'To call Highsmith a thriller writer is true but not the whole truth: her books have stylistic texture, psychological depth, mesmeric readability' Sunday Times 'The genius of Highsmith's writing is that it is at once deeply disturbing' Boston Phoenix
David Kelsey has an invincible conviction that life is going to work out just as he has planned it. Even though his one true love, the brilliant, beautiful Annabelle, has married another man. That cannot possibly be the end of their relationship, can it? Surely they can still be friends. And even though she is pregnant with her husband Gerald's baby, that doesn't mean she won't one day get back together with David, does it? David is sure she'll take him back, and, under an alias, is setting up a wonderful home for the two of them in a town close by. Everything is just about going to plan when things take a murderous turn, leaving David a desperate man on the run.