The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith

By Patricia Highsmith

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1964

[A] vintage mental thriller.”—USA Today

Originally released in 1964, and the winner of the CWA most sensible international Novel Award, Patricia Highsmith’s the 2 Faces of January is a chilling story of suspense, suffused together with her trademark sluggish, creeping unease.

In a grubby Athens inn, Rydal Keener is bored and killing time with petty scams. but if he runs into one other American, Chester MacFarland, dragging a man’s physique down the resort corridor, Rydan all of a sudden has the same opinion to aid, probably simply because Chester appears like his father. Then Rydal meets Collete, Chester’s more youthful spouse, and captivated, turns into entangled of their sordid lives, because the drama marches to a stunning climax on the ruins of the labyrinth at Knossos.

A movie model of The Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac (Drive, within Llewelyn Davis) is in creation. tailored by means of Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive), and produced through operating identify and Timnick movies (The gifted Mr. Ripley), it is going to be published later this fall.

“An offbeat, provocative and soaking up suspense novel.”—The big apple Times

“Patricia Highsmith is without doubt one of the few suspense writers whose paintings transcends genre.”—The Austin American-Statesman

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Sunlight flickered through the windowpane in the study as dawn cut through the last of the night. Frank Malone stood by the window and stared out into the distance. Dressed now, completely aware, he was no longer the drugged man desperate to understand. Max paced in the room, tension evident in the taut lines of his body. At Frank’s words, Max stilled. ” Frank spun toward him. “I’m not going to bow to pressure, boy. I’m not going to—” “He’s your son,” Sam said, stunned. ” Didn’t the guy get it?

Fear flickered in her gaze. Smart—because she was right to fear him. His grin grew. ” He crushed his mouth to hers and eased his grip, just enough to let her wheeze in some air. A whimper hung between them. He took his time with her mouth. Enjoyed it, but this wasn’t the right place. Not for what he had in mind. And there was more work to do. His head lifted slowly. ” Because the plan he had—oh, it was going to be good. So damn good. The media had his story now. The Feds were watching. He’d give them something special to watch.

All the victims matter to me. That’s why I’m in this business. ” Protective detail. Right. He could always just have them both thrown out—he could throw them out. But if someone was watching, that person would see what was happening, and Max didn’t want to risk that exposure. “Just play it cool,” Dante advised him. “Listen to Sam. ” What? He was supposed to trust her? When she’d already lied to him? “Report when they make contact,” Dante told Sam. ” Max’s mouth opened to protest. ” Dante rushed to assure him.

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