“Fabulous, in all senses of that word . . . combining the best features of the suspense genre with the best of existential fictiona thrilled reflection.”Paul Theroux
Found in the Street
978-0-8021-2529-3 • $15.00 • Paperback • July 2016
“[Highsmith’s] characters are irrational, and they leap to life in their very lack of reason . . . Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear.”Graham Greene
Elsie Tyler turns heads wherever she goes. After leaving her hometown upstate for Greenwich Village, the charming young waitress soon finds herself surrounded by admirers, including Jack and Natalia Sutherland, a married couple who invite Elsie into their bohemian inner circle and help her launch a career as a model. Meanwhile, Ralph Linderman, a middle-aged security guard with a dog named God, is nursing his own obsession with Elsie. He sets out to protect her from the “bad company” she attracts, but his uninvited affections are overbearing, possibly even pathological. When Ralph finds Jack’s wallet on a morning stroll through the Village and returns it, he is entirely unprepared for the complex maze of sexual obsession and disturbing psychological intrigue he is about to be drawn into.
Originally published in 1986, Found in the Street is classic Highsmithan engrossing, unsettling thriller that explores the bleakest alleyways of human desire and a kaleidoscopic portrait of 1980s New York City. Highsmith, the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, has been called “one
of the finest crime novelists” by the New York Times and is now considered
one of the most original voices in twentieth-century American fiction.