The Animal-Lovers' Book of Beastly Murder

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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...
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Overview

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.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393323665
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 235
  • Sales rank: 818,392
  • 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 and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Patricia Plangman (birth name); Claire Morgan (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 19, 1921
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Date of Death:
      February 4, 1995
    2. Place of Death:
      Locarno, Switzerland

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    Posted August 31, 2013

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    Im gonna put it on my wishlist

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    She purrs as she rubs against the person's leg. She had once belonged to someone else until they abadoned her....~Cat
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    She smiled and scratched Misty behind the ears

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