A Game for the Living by Patricia Highsmith

By Patricia Highsmith

Ramón, a religious Catholic, fixes furnishings in Mexico urban, now not faraway from the place he used to be born into poverty. Theodore, a wealthy German expatriate and painter, believes in not anything in any respect. You’d imagine the 2 had not anything in universal. other than, after all, that either had slept with Lelia. shape an not going friendship, until eventually Lelia is located brutally murdered. either are suspects and every suspects the other.

Twisting in a limbo of anxiety and doubt, Ramón and Theodore grab on a 3rd guy, a thief obvious at Lelia’s house, and their hunt takes them from Mexico urban to sun-drenched Acapulco, and to a small colonial mountain city. an exhilarating, psychologically complicated novel, wealthy with environment, A video game for the dwelling is Highsmith at her top.

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Er biss die Zähne zusammen und riet sich, es zu ignorieren. Er mochte solche Vorahnungen nicht und wollte sich keinesfalls wie Ivor Hicks wegen seiner angeblichen Entführung durch Aliens dem Gespött der Leute aussetzen, oder wie Grace Perchant, der Frau, die Wolfshunde züchtete und behauptete, mit den Toten zu kommunizieren, oder Henry Johansen, ein Bauer, der vor fünfzehn Jahren vom Traktor gestürzt war, sich den Kopf angeschlagen hatte und seitdem sagte, er könnte die Gedanken anderer »hören«.

Oder Lucky umzubringen. Oder beides. Der Motor des Jeeps heulte empört auf, als sie auf dem verschneiten Terrain zu einem entnervenden Schneckentempo herunterschaltete. Sie suchte im Handschuhfach nach ihrem Reserve-Zigarettenpäckchen, das sie »für den äußersten Notfall« dort versteckte, nur um feststellen zu müssen, dass es leer war. « Sie zerknüllte die nutzlose Schachtel und warf sie auf den Boden vor dem Beifahrersitz. Sie hatte das Rauchen aufgeben wollen …, ganz und gar, schon seit geraumer Zeit.

Schon wieder schniefend, lehnte Alvarez sich auf ihrem Stuhl zurück. Man jagte ihr nicht so leicht Angst ein, doch heute empfand sie eine Furcht, die sie von Herzen gern verleugnet hätte. Das Grauen lag vor ihr, in Form der farbigen Hochglanzfotos von den Opfern. Insgesamt fünf. Beziehungsweise fünf, von denen wir schon wissen, dachte sie und griff nach dem Foto von Theresa Kelper, dem ersten Opfer. Womöglich gab es noch weitere. Arglose Frauen, in der Wildnis nackt an Bäume gefesselt, in den eisigen Temperaturen der verschneiten Landschaft einem langsamen, qualvollen Tod überlassen.

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