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Highsmith, Patricia, Ripley Under Ground

Murder, in Patricia Highsmith's hands, is made to occur almost as casually as a bump of a fender or a bout of food poisoning. This downplaying of the dramatic...has been much praised as has her ordinariness of the details with which she depicts the daily lives and mental processes of her psychopaths. Both undoubtedly contribute to the domestication of crime in her fiction, therefore implicating the reader further in the sordid fantasies that are being worked out