She always walks on the dark side’

CRIME NOVELIST Patricia Highsmith is best known in the United States for two of her many tales, Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, primarily because both were made into hit Hollywood movies. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 21, 1921, and raised there and in New York City, she was far better known and acclaimed in Europe, where she lived a great deal of her professional life, and where she died in Locarno, Switzerland, on February 4, 1995, from cancer and aplastic anemia.

Recognition in the U.S. has been building, however, in large part because of The Talented Miss Highsmith, a remarkable biography written by New York- and Paris-based American writer Joan Schenkar and published in late 2009 by St. Martin