Tremor of Forgery

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Under the hot desert sun nothing is quite as it seems. Howard Ingham, an American writer, is sent to Tunisia to gather material for a movie, a love story too sordid to be set in America. But his director fails to arrive as scheduled and the erratic mails bring news of infidelities and suicide. Ingham—for reasons obscure even to himself—decides to stay on and work instead on a novel. Gradually, however, a series of peculiar events—a hushed-up murder, a vanished corpse, and secret broadcasts to the Soviet ...
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Under the hot desert sun nothing is quite as it seems. Howard Ingham, an American writer, is sent to Tunisia to gather material for a movie, a love story too sordid to be set in America. But his director fails to arrive as scheduled and the erratic mails bring news of infidelities and suicide. Ingham—for reasons obscure even to himself—decides to stay on and work instead on a novel. Gradually, however, a series of peculiar events—a hushed-up murder, a vanished corpse, and secret broadcasts to the Soviet Union—lures him inexorably into the deep, ambivalent shadows of this Arab town; into deceit and away from conventional morality. And when Ingham finds an accomplice to murder, or perhaps something more, what is in question is not justice or truth, but the state of his oddly quiet conscience.

An American writer is sent to Tunisia to gather material for a movie, but when his producer fails to show up, he stays on and works instead on a novel. Intimations of violence soon cast deep shodows, and he finds himself an accomplice to murder.

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"Her best novel." —The New Yorker

"Larger, funnier, and more thematically ambitious than any of Highsmith’s other novels."—Francine Prose

“Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear. … Highsmith's finest novel to my mind is The Tremor of Forgery, and if I were asked what it is about I would reply, 'apprehension.'” —Graham Greene

"Highsmith has produced work as serious in its implications and as subtle in its approach as anything being done in the novel today." —Julian Symons

"Whereas we read Stephen King or Ruth Rendell to relish the thrills that come from carefully controlled verbal terror, Highsmith is not to be taken so lightly. She conveys a firm, unshakable belief in the existence of evil—personal, psychological, and political."—Boston Phoenix

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871132581
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Highsmith, Patricia Series
  • Edition description: 1st Atlantic Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 904,097
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    I've read about everything Patricia Highsmith has ever written a

    I've read about everything Patricia Highsmith has ever written and she remains one of my favorite authors.  She is perhaps best known for
    the Ripley books and Strangers on a Train.  (Alfred Hitchcock reportedly cheated her when he purchased the rights for Strangers on a
    Train and she was not well-compensated for her work.)  I know that I have read this book in the past but look forward to a second reading
    and having it available on my Nook.  Some of you are perhaps familiar with her well-known short story, "The Lottery," found in many high
    school anthologies. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Found it boring.

    This was my first Highsmith after reading so much about her. I agree she writes well. Maybe in past times what she wrote might have been interesting. To me it the pace was slow and boring and the psychological insights less than eye-opening.

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