The Crime Writer

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Jill Daw­son, Ha­chette. KE

It’s 1964 and Pa­tri­cia High­smith, real-life au­thor of Strangers On a Train, is hid­ing out in an English cot­tage to es­cape press at­ten­tion and con­duct an af­fair with her mar­ried lover Samantha. When Samantha’s vi­o­lent hus­band, Ger­ald, pays a visit, a crime is com­mit­ted and dis­ori­ented Patsy merges fig­ures from her past with those in her delu­sional present, in­clud­ing Ginny the jour­nal­ist who has man­aged to track her down. Jill Daw­son is no stranger to re­vis­it­ing fa­mous fig­ures with a fic­tional spin – it is 16 years since she wrote the su­perb Fred and Edie, based on mur­der­ess Edith Thomp­son and her lover, Freddy By­wa­ters. The Crime Writer is a dark tale of fan­tasy blend­ing with re­al­ity.

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