First published by. Atlantic Monthly Press. Illuminating-and always compelling, wrote the New York Times when Those Who Walk Away was originally published in 1967.
First published by. Yet again, as the New Yorker reported in 1988, Highsmith keeps moving, darting in and out of our field of vision, making after-images that will tremble-but stay-in our minds. The honeymoon is over, as they say, the bride dead by her own hand.
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Those Who Walk Away (1967) is a psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith. It was the twelfth of her 22 novels. When Ray Garrett's new wife kills herself on their honeymoon, he persuades the initially suspicious Rome police that he's innocent of any wrongdoing over the death. However, his father-in-law, the brutish Ed Coleman, is convinced Ray led to her death and shoots Ray, leaving him for dead.
Praise for Those Who Walk Away: For me, the name ‘Patricia Highsmith’ designates a sacred territory: she is the One whose place among writers is that which Spinoza held for Gilles Deleuze (a ‘Christ among philosophers’). illuminating-and always compelling.
He walked quickly, as if Coleman were pursuing him, though he realized this was the last thing Coleman would dream of doing now, Coleman in the bosom of his friends again!
Patricia Highsmith uspect Coleman, and yet they’d be in the same bed tonight. The world did not care really whether he was alive or dead, if he had been murdered or not. Perhaps it was the beginning of wisdom to realize this. He could have been murdered, and by Coleman only, but the world didn’t seem to care.
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In several respects, Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith is extraordinary. The two protagonists are Ray Garrett, an American whose young wife has recently committed suicide, and his father-in-law, Ed Coleman, who blames his son-in-law bitterly for his daughter’s death. It soon becomes apparent that Coleman’s embitterment has become a madness, and that he is determined to kill Garrett. This novel deals with the ensuing hunt. You might also like: Strangers on a Train. Texas-born Miss Highsmith, now living in England and the author of Strangers on a T. .
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Those Who Walk Away is Patricia Highsmith at her very best. She throws her reader into the middle of an ambiguous, but charged, situation; the wife of a young man named Ray Garrett has just committed suicide. The young woman's father, Mr. Coleman, blames Garrett for her death and swears to take a bloody revenge.