People who knock on the door

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Heinemann, 1983 - Fiction - 305 pages
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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From Highsmith—veteran investigator of violence and the criminal mind (with, most recently, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley's Game)—comes a new exploration of, this time, a domestic violence ... Read full review

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User Review  - SomeGuyInVirginia - LibraryThing

Patricia Highsmith’s book, one of her last, tells the story of a family pulled into religious fundamentalism through a medical crisis- the youngest son is saved from death through the power of prayer ... Read full review


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About the author (1983)

As a writer of novels, short stories, and teleplays, Highsmith is known for her character studies exploring people's darker side---the side of an apparently moral person who is capable of murder. Highsmith likes to examine the ways in which people can get to the point at which they are capable of murder, as well as who they become after they have committed a crime. In carefully constructed stories and novels, she integrates this scrutiny of the human psyche into complex plots that often take unexpected twists. An example is her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), in which architect Guy Haines meets Charles Bruno on a train. Bruno conceives a plan to have Haines kill Bruno's father, while Bruno will kill Haines's wife. The effect that this plan has on Haines is the focus of the story. Highsmith does not publish a great amount of fiction, but when she does, her work is always among the best in the genre.

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