The Cry of the Owl

The Cry of the Owl

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by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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In a small Pennsylvania town, Robert Forrester is recuperating from a nasty divorce and a bout of psychological trouble. One evening, while driving home, he sees a pretty young woman framed by her bright kitchen window. Soon, he can’t keep himself away. But when Robert is inevitably discovered, obsession is turned on its head, and he finds himself unable to

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In a small Pennsylvania town, Robert Forrester is recuperating from a nasty divorce and a bout of psychological trouble. One evening, while driving home, he sees a pretty young woman framed by her bright kitchen window. Soon, he can’t keep himself away. But when Robert is inevitably discovered, obsession is turned on its head, and he finds himself unable to shake the young woman, nor entirely sure whether he should. From Patricia Highsmith, once called "the balladeer of stalking" by The New Yorker, The Cry of the Owl is a modern classic ready to be reborn.

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Praise for The Cry of the Owl

“Kafka with a vengeance.” —The Spectator (London)

“Highsmith generates suspense out of a different sort of fear: not the fear of death, which drives most crime-centered entertainment, but the pettier, more intimate dread of humiliation, of being caught on the street with nothing on....There’s something else here, hard to identify, pulling us along relentlessly, as thrillers do—an undertow, a surge of third-rail current.” —The New Yorker

“The Cry of the Owl is a deceptively easy stroll toward personal chaos and destruction. It is thoroughly chilling because nothing seems farfetched. Odd, yes, but believable. . . . The Cry of the Owl is creepy and unsettling, a taut psychological thriller.” —Detroit Free Press

“One of her lesser-known works … and one of her most unsettling. Which is saying plenty. … The crime writer Elmore Leonard has written a host of novels with the same basic plot: Plans go wrong. The story message driving all of Highsmith’s work is similarly simple and clear: We live on thin ice. Highsmith revolts some readers, yet hypnotizes many others. She’s sui generis, a writer of almost occult power.” —Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times

“[A] sinister, moody psychological novel. … a dreadful atmosphere of growing menace lurks over the story as its damaged, emotionally disturbed characters interact and form dangerous, obsessive relationships. This is a Highsmith tour-de-force—a must read for those who’ve tested Highsmith territory with the Ripley novels. The Cry of the Owl moves with precision skill to its stunning conclusion.” —MostlyFiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802195531
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
829,911
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American author known for her novels of psychological suspense. She wrote over two dozen books and short story collections, including her five Tom Ripley novels. Her first book Strangers on a Train was nominated for an Edgar Award and was later adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen, including The Talented Mr. Ripley and most recently The Price of Salt which was renamed Carol.

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 Cry of the Owl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
9441NorthDakota More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating psychological thriller.Very interesting plot.What you would expect from a writer like Patricia Highsmith .The ending is left to the reader`s imagination though.Try it!.I`m not going to spoil the fun!...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow and pointless
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sunnieLM More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with twists and turns that you never expect and continues to the end. It kept me reading into the night. I highly recommend "The Cry of the Owl". It won't disappoint.
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SlowJenFizz More than 1 year ago
Highsmith in her element - pulling you. Into the psychopathy of her protagonist in a way to compelling to put down until the last page.
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Very strange from start to finish. Usually i would not finish a book like this but it was such a weird story that I did. Even the ending was strange. The main character,Robert, was such a wimp and pathetic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read!
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