Deep Water

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In Deep Water, set in the quiet, small town of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful tale of love gone sour.
Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting ...
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Overview

In Deep Water, set in the quiet, small town of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful tale of love gone sour.
Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder—one that soon comes true. In this complex portrayal of a dangerous psychosis emerging in the most unlikely of places, Highsmith examines the chilling reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life.
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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
“An atmosphere of nameless dread, of unspeakable foreboding, permeates every page of Patricia Highsmith, and there's nothing quite like it.”
Gillian Flynn - Wall Street Journal
“The things that are suspenseful, that I find frightening, aren't someone jumping out of a closet or those kind of big scares, but instead that slow build of dread, and [Highsmith] does that really well. She kind of takes you by the hand and walks you toward the cliff.”
Library Journal
Speaking of good stuff, this novel and short story collection are from one of mystery's best. Both Deep Water (1957) and Mermaids (1970) feature Highsmith's expert use of ordinary people and everyday settings that turn foul, making them all the more sinister. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324556
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/19/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 297,938
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Intricate and absorbing

    A lurid tale of a husband and wife who have come to an unconventional agreement. The vivid prose in this novel had me turning the pages to see what would transpire next. Great read, I definitely recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    First Patricia Highsmith Book Read.......

    Really enjoyed the storyline......will definitely read many others by her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    terrible

    Dont even bother. A waste of time and money.

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    Posted June 2, 2014

    Forcemate

    Panther of bloodclan. I dont know her schedule but i think shes on now. I dont know though... thank you! &#9786

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    FORCEMATE REQUESTS

    Will be replied to and done.

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