Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short story writer, widely known for her psychological thrillers, including the series featuring the character Tom Ripley. She was born on January 19, 1921, in Fort Worth, Texas, and passed away on February 4, 1995, in Locarno, Switzerland. Highsmith's writing is characterized by her intricate plots, exploration of the nature of guilt, and the deep psychological insights she provides into her characters. Some of her most famous works include 'Strangers on a Train' and 'The Talented Mr. Ripley,' both of which have been adapted into successful films.


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  1. 1. The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a psychological thriller that follows the story of Tom Ripley, a young man struggling to make ends meet in New York City. When a wealthy shipbuilder mistakes Tom for a close friend of his son, Dickie Greenleaf, he offers him an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy to persuade his wayward son to return home. Instead, Tom becomes obsessed with the luxurious lifestyle of Dickie and his girlfriend, Marge, and goes to extreme lengths to make it his own, including identity theft and murder.

  2. 2. Strangers On A Train

    In this psychological thriller, two men meet by chance on a long train journey and strike up a conversation that leads to a chilling pact: each will commit a murder for the other, executing what they believe to be the perfect crimes due to their lack of obvious connection to the victims. However, as one of the men becomes entangled in the sinister plan and the other's sociopathic tendencies emerge, the agreement spirals into a tense and dangerous game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator, and pulling both men into a world of guilt, paranoia, and psychological torment.