By Patricia Highsmith
In Deep Water, set within the quiet, small city of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful story of affection long gone sour.
Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held jointly purely by means of a precarious association wherein, on the way to steer clear of the messiness of divorce, Melinda is authorized to take any variety of enthusiasts so long as she doesn't wilderness her relatives. finally, Vic can now not suppress his jealousy and attempts to win again his spouse through announcing himself via a tall story of murder—one that quickly comes precise. during this advanced portrayal of a deadly psychosis rising within the very unlikely of areas, Highsmith examines the chilling truth in the back of the idyllic facade of yank suburban life.
"The issues which are suspenseful, that i locate scary, aren't a person leaping out of a closet or these form of titanic scares, yet as a substitute that gradual construct of dread, and [Highsmith] does that actually good. She type of takes you by means of the hand and walks you towards the cliff."
—Gillian Flynn, writer of Gone Girl
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In Baltimore, investigations of all shootings involving police officers are conducted by homicide detectives rather than internal affairs men; a sergeant and a squad of detectives are assigned to probe every such incident and present a comprehensive report to the departmental brass and the state’s attorney’s office the following morning. Any threat on any police officer, state’s attorney or public official is channeled through the homicide unit, as is any report of an attempt to intimidate a state’s witness.
Beautiful. Pellegrini smiles, content in the knowledge that nothing in this world can come between a cop and his attitude. ” asks Landsman. ” Pellegrini watches Landsman straddle the body, one foot on either side of the dead man’s waist, and begin tugging violently at the sweatpants. The awkward effort jerks the body a few inches across the sidewalk, leaving a thin film of matted blood and brain matter where the head wound scrapes the pavement. Landsman forces a meaty hand inside a front pocket.
Take the statement from your girl,” says Landsman, bumming a cigarette from his detective. ” Pellegrini returns to the coffee room and Landsman slumps into a desk chair. Cigarette smoke slips from the side of his mouth. “Fuck this,” says Jay Landsman to no one in particular. ” And so a graceless, nocturnal ballet resumes, with witnesses gliding past one another beneath the washed-out glare of tube lighting, each flanked by a tired, impassive detective cradling black coffee and enough blank statement forms to record the next round of half-truths.