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A Dog's Ransom (Penguin crime fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Mar 1975

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 Mar. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140039449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140039443
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Highsmith (1921 1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I first read this book thirty or more years ago, but have re-read it again recently. The story of a pet dog that is kidnapped in Central Park, New York and the attempt by a rookie policemen to trace the kidnapper....but things don't work out smoothly!

Like all of Patricia Highsmith's novels this has greater depth than to be a "mere" "who-dun-it.

Well worth reading.
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One might expect a book set in the early 1970s of New York at the time of the Vietnam War and the counter culture to feel dated. However, the psychology of Highsmith's novels always transcends historical location. Equally Highsmith had the uncanny ability to cause the reader to identify with the guilty - in this case a murderer - even when we share the distaste of those around him. It makes for an uncomfortable but compelling ride.
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Beginning with a number of poison pen letters sent to wealthy, middle-aged Ed Reynolds, a publishing editor, and his wife Greta, this creepy, oddball thriller gradually turns into a murder mystery of deep psychological interest. The letters are sent, we are very soon aware, by Kenneth Rowajinski, an oddball, reclusive disabled man, and culminate in Rowajinski kidnapping the Reynolds' dog, Lisa, a sweet little poodle. It's not until rookie cop, Clarence Duhammel becomes involved in the case that anything much is done. Clarence rapidly becomes the book's main protagonist. He doesn't fit in with the precinct life-style - a little corruption, back-handers, etc., he's a bit of an innocent, a college graduate with principles. He feels uneasy in the company of the precinct stalwarts and knows he is looked down on for not taking graft. All he really cares about is his left-wing girlfriend Marilyn, but their relationship is faltering under the pressures of Clarence's job.

As the case escalates and a ransom is demanded, Clarence becomes more and more involved; then a murder is committed and Clarence becomes a suspect.

It's a great read, but the ending is a horribly abrupt shocker.
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