This novel is one wonderful long riff on Patricia Highsmith . . . Unsettling, sexy and gripping.
This novel is the real deal. Beautifully written and a must for all Highsmith fans.
Ventriloquy is Dawson's forte . . . this fascinating, skilfully constructed novel builds a convincing picture of Patricia Highsmith
A beautifully crafted and utterly riveting blend of fact and fiction about a fascinating 20th-century figure.
You do not need to be a passionate Highsmith fan to admire this beautifully written and elegant novel, but I think it will particularly appeal to those who have read her books and know something about her life; they should recognise many of the allusions and ideas
A dark tale of madness and murder, of obsession and delusion, that's worthy of Highsmith herself
[An] impeccable portrait . . . a hugely compelling read, jam-packed full of tensions and psychological insight, all beautifully observed.
An ingenious concept . . . Dawson can be applauded for her passionate immersion in her subject, and for creating a novel as dark and odd as the subject herself.
An intoxicating, shadowy narrative . . . [Dawson's] imagined version of events will delight Highsmith's fans
Dawson has drawn a witty, creepy plot as well as a convincing character sketch of a woman all too easy to caricature
Dawson skilfully constructs a dark tale that Highsmith fans will love
THE CRIME WRITER represents an astonishing act of literary ventriloquism, easily on a par with THE MASTER, Colm Tóibín's fine novel about Henry James.
An assured and visceral page-turner, as convincing as it is bold
Fantastically moody and appealingly unhinged - a piece of sophisticated literary ventriloquism that achieves a wonderful blurring of the lines between fact and fantasy.