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KILLER QUEEN
The bestselling author Patricia Highsmith (inset, above) once lived in Aldeburgh and Earl Soham
Kim Smith reveals a world-renowned crime writer’s Suffolk links and introduces her partners in slime
   If Agatha Christie is the high-priestess of whodunits, Patricia Highsmith must wear the crown for killings most chilling. Now, 100 years since her birth, a new biography has detailed how the controversial Texan
behind Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley set up home in Suffolk for more than three years.
Richard Bradford, author of Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith, paints a stark portrait of the writer, looking at her
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Matt Damon
in The Talented Mr Ripley
bestsellers in the context of her fraught and often self-destructive personality. He concludes that her most famous creation, psychopath Tom Ripley – who was memorably brought to life on the big screen by both Matt Damon in 1999 and John Malkovich in 2002 – was actually a grossly exaggerated version of herself.
Highsmith, who was openly gay, spent a lot of time travelling in Europe as she felt readers were more receptive and sophisticated than in America. She first came to Suffolk in the summer of 1963 ‘
Another Highsmith novel turned into a film . . . Strangers On A Train
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