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Throughout the book, Highsmith illustrates her points with plentiful examples from her own work, and by discussing her own inspirations, false starts, dead ends, successes, and failures, she presents a lively and highly readable picture of the novelist at work.
Anyone who wishes to write crime and suspense fiction, or who enjoys reading it, will find this book an insightful guide to the craft and art of a modern master.
"[This book offers] sensible, good-humored, and practical advice from a distinguished mystery writer. Much of what [Highsmith] says about novels can be applied to short stories."—Damon Knight
"[Highsmith] is no more a practitioner of the murder mystery genre than are Dostoevsky, Faulkner, and Camus."—Joan Smith, The Los Angeles Times
"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith."—Time
|I||The Germ Of An Idea||3|
|II||Mainly On Using Experiences||14|
|III||The Suspense Short Story||27|
|VI||The Frist Draft||61|
|VIII||The Second Draft||97|
|X||The Case History Of A Novel: The Glass Cell||108|
|XI||Some Notes On Suspense In General||133|