The Animal-Lovers' Book of Beastly Murder

The Animal-Lovers' Book of Beastly Murder

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by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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Following the national bestseller Selected Stories, this fall brings the republication of a gripping Highsmith classic.
Stories from The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder portray, with incisive humor, the murderously competitive desires of our most trusted companions. In this satirical reprise of Kafka, cats, dogs, and the occasional cockroach are no longer

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Following the national bestseller Selected Stories, this fall brings the republication of a gripping Highsmith classic.
Stories from The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder portray, with incisive humor, the murderously competitive desires of our most trusted companions. In this satirical reprise of Kafka, cats, dogs, and the occasional cockroach are no longer benign elements of a happy home but actually have the power to destroy it.

Editorial Reviews

Joan Smith
[Highsmith] is no more a practitioner of the murder mystery genre than are Dostoevsky,Faulkner and Camus.
Los Angeles Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Grisly and atmospheric, these are perfectly nasty little tales told by an acknowledged mistress of the form ( Little Tales of Mysogyny. Whether it's Eddie, the Capuchin monkey, annoyed at the petty thief who employs him, or Djemal, the camel, getting back at a cruel driver, Highsmith's creatures are intelligent, vengeful and bloodthirsty. Even the aged Baron, a pampered and sophisticated city dog with worn-down teeth, finds a way of settling the score with the human he dislikes. Tales are told of a truffle-hunting pig, a ferret, a goat who gives rides in an amusement park, a sleek Siamese cat, chickens raised on an automated farm and an extended family of hamstersall sympathetically, but never sentimentally, portrayed. The stories feature small worlds of animal amorality in which the sweet taste of revenge leaves no aftertaste of guilt. It's a rich offering, best sampled in small bites. (November 5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393323665
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
885,547
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 19, 1921
Date of Death:
February 4, 1995
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Place of Death:
Locarno, Switzerland
Education:
B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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The Animal-Lovers' Book of Beastly Murder 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im gonna put it on my wishlist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jo said "hi Sarah"