“[Highsmith’s] characters are irrational, and they leap to life in their very lack of reason; suddenly we realize how unbelievably rational most fictional characters are. . . . Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear.” —Graham Greene

“For some obscure reason, one of our greatest modernist writers, Patricia Highsmith, has been thought of in her own land as a writer of thrillers. She is both. She is certainly one of the most interesting writers of this dismal century.” —Gore Vidal

“Miss Highsmith’s genius is in presenting fantasy’s paradox: successes are not what they seem. . . . Where in the traditional fairy tale the heroine turns the toad into a prince, in Miss Highsmith’s fables the prince becomes a toad—success is nearly always fatal. . . . Combining the best features of the suspense genre with the best of existential fiction—a reflection—the stories are fabulous, in all the senses of that word.” —Paul Theroux

“Patricia Highsmith’s novels are peerlessly disturbing . . . bad dreams that keep us restless and thrashing for the rest of the night.” —Terrence Rafferty, The New Yorker

“Highsmith, who can change reality to nightmare with one well-turned phrase, is a legendary crime writer.” —Les Roberts, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“She writes so fearlessly . . . about human relationships and the human heart. I always have this terrible sense of foreboding . . . you never feel safe.” —Cate Blanchett


Named one of Time magazine’s The 50 Greatest Crime Writers: Rule-breaking master of amorality (April 2008)
O. Henry Award for best publication of first story, for “The Heroine” in Harper’s Bazaar (1946)
Edgar Award nominee for best first novel, for Strangers on a Train (1951)
Edgar Award nominee for best novel, for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1956)
Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1957)
Edgar Award nominee for best short story, for “The Terrapin” (1963)
Silver Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain (1964)
Grand Prix de l’Humour Noir for L’Amateur d’escargot (1975)
Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture (1990)