Book Description: A 2010Â New YorkÂ Times Notable BookA 2010 Lambda Literary Award WinnerA 2009 Edgar Award NomineeA 2009 Agatha Award NomineeA Publishers Weekly Pick of the WeekPatricia Highsmith, one of the great writers of twentieth-century American fiction, had a life as darkly compellingÂ as that of her favorite â€śhero-criminal,â€ťÂ the talented Tom Ripley. Joan Schenkar maps out this richly bizarre life from her birth in Texas to Hitchcockâ€™sÂ filming of her first novel, Strangers on a Train, to her long, strange self-exile in Europe. We see her as a secret writer for the comics, a brilliant creator of disturbing fictions, and an erotic predator with dozens of women (and a few good men) on her love list. The Talented Miss Highsmith is the first literary biography with access to Highsmithâ€™s whole story: her closest friends, her oeuvre, her archives. Itâ€™s a compulsive page-turner unlike any other, a bookÂ worthy of Highsmith herself.