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Found in the Street

(1986)
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Publisher's Weekly
Highsmith is best known for Strangers On a Train, basis for the prizewinning Hitchcock film, one of her 19 eerie novels. The new one pulses with the beat of Greenwich Village where chance brings ill-assorted people together. Ralph Linderman, a middle-aged security guard, finds a wallet and takes it to its owner, artist Jack Sutherland who lives nearby with his wife Natalia and their small daughter. Meeting young Elsie Tyler, a waitress, Jack learns that Ralph harasses her continually, warning her away from ''bad company.'' The girl's vivid beauty attracts Jack and bisexual Natalia, who team up with their bohemian friends and create a modeling career for Elsie, practically overnight. Trouble develops both from Ralph and from the girl's lesbian lovers, along with several curiously unrelated incidents that leave the reader vaguely unsatisfied. The story's intoxicating flavor and promise beg for a sounder structure than the ambiguous ending provides. (October 28)

Library Journal
Highsmith is best-known as a mystery writer. This novel is being presented as serious literature, but it's simply a psychological suspense thriller that sorely needs the conventional surprise ending. Although the author creates a compelling semi-villain (a snoopy, dotty old security guard) and builds a tense atmosphere, she lets the suspense fall flat after the climactic murder. The protagonists, a Greenwich Village couple who pride themselves on their sophistication and open marriage, come off as stagey and tedious as each falls into a sexually tinged friendship with a young lesbian. Both try to pin her subsequent murder on the snooper; subliminally they blame each other. With a bit less pretension this could have been a good mysteryand what's wrong with that? Joyce Smothers, Monmouth Cty Lib., Manalapan, N.J.


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April 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Found in the Street
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ISBN: 0-434-33524-X / 978-0-434-33524-4 (UK edition)
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December 1987 : USA Hardback
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October 1987 : USA Hardback
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Title: Found in the Street
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ISBN: 0-87113-208-7 / 978-0-87113-208-6 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Found in the Street
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ISBN: 0-8021-2529-8 / 978-0-8021-2529-3 (USA edition)
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January 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Found in the Street: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
ISBN: 0-349-00488-9 / 978-0-349-00488-4 (UK edition)
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October 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Found in the Street
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ISBN: 0-7475-9032-X / 978-0-7475-9032-3 (UK edition)
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March 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Found in the Street (Highsmith, Patricia)
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
ISBN: 0-87113-326-1 / 978-0-87113-326-7 (USA edition)
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April 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Found in the Street
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
ISBN: 0-14-009778-3 / 978-0-14-009778-8 (UK edition)
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Title: Found in the Street
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
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