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Deep Water

Deep Water

by Patricia Highsmith


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Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley isn’t the only character who gets to get into trouble. There is as much darkness in the village of Little Wesley as in the Italy of The Talented Mr. Ripley. If you’ve already read Ripley — it's time for another journey with Deep Water.

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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ISBN-13: 9780393324556
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/19/2003
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 198,556
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1921

Date of Death:

February 4, 1995

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Place of Death:

Locarno, Switzerland


B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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