By Patricia Highsmith

Ramón, a religious Catholic, fixes furnishings in Mexico urban, now not faraway from the place he was once born into poverty. Theodore, a wealthy German expatriate and painter, believes in not anything in any respect. You’d imagine the 2 had not anything in universal. other than, in fact, that either had slept with Lelia. shape an not going friendship, till Lelia is located brutally murdered. either are suspects and every suspects the other.

Twisting in a limbo of anxiety and doubt, Ramón and Theodore grab on a 3rd guy, a thief noticeable at Lelia’s condo, and their hunt takes them from Mexico urban to sun-drenched Acapulco, and to a small colonial mountain city. an exciting, psychologically complicated novel, wealthy with environment, A video game for the residing is Highsmith at her top.

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The main labored. “Did you lock the door in the event you left the following, Ramón? ” “Of direction i didn't. She was once right here. ” “Did you listen her lock the door once you? ” “No. I don’t have in mind. ” “Was she within the behavior of holding the door locked? ” Ramón hesitated, and Theodore knew there wasn’t any solution to that. Lelia didn't have conduct like that. She simply may well or will possibly not lock the door after an individual left her. “The señorita’s keys,” Sauzas stated without notice. “See if you happen to can locate them, Enrique,” he acknowledged to the detective who used to be status within the corridor doorway. The detective went again to the bed room, and Sauzas walked after him. Theodore seemed into the painted clay bowl at the bookshelf the place Lelia frequently dropped her keys. The bowl used to be rather empty. The keys weren't to be came upon. The detectives regarded even within the kitchen for them. The keys weren't in any purse, no longer within the pocket of any coat, no longer in any drawer. Theodore and Ramón have been requested the place she was once within the behavior of placing them, and either stated within the clay bowl at the bookshelf. “She was once now not very orderly,” Theodore acknowledged, “but we must always be capable of locate them in the event that they are the following. ” He was once brooding about why Ramón may have taken them. Or if someone else may have taken them, an individual who now had entry to the condominium. “Why did you're taking her keys, Ramón? ” Sauzas requested without warning. “I didn't take them. ” “What did you do with them? ” Ramón stared again at him and lighted certainly one of his little Carmencitas. Sauzas walked up and down the room thoughtfully. “They should be here—or they won't. ” He shrugged. “This would appear to do away with the drainpipe as a way of go out. The assassin can have locked the door from the skin whilst he left. we will need to glance over your condominium, Ramón, yet which can stay up for a short time. Now—” He paused to gentle a clean cigarette and checked out Ramón as he inhaled the smoke. “Would you assert Señor Schiebelhut is an effective pal of yours, Ramón? ” This, Ramón refused to respond to. “How lengthy have you ever identified Señor Schiebelhut? ” “Three years,” Theodore provided. “And how lengthy had you recognized Lelia? ” “Nearly 4 years,” Theodore acknowledged while Ramón didn't resolution. “Aha! ” acknowledged Sauzas. “So Ramón came across her first. ” “Yes,” Theodore acknowledged. “But we quickly all grew to become acquaintances. ” “How great. No disagreements even supposing you have been either her enthusiasts? ” Sauzas requested. “No,” Theodore acknowledged. “Is that actual, Ramón? ” “You realize it is right, Ramón,” Theodore stated. “Let him do the answering, Señor Schiebelhut. ” Ramón appeared all of sudden to chill. The policemen published him guardedly. “Where did you meet her, Ramón? ” “I met her on the Cathedral,” Ramón acknowledged. The policemen and the detectives unexpectedly laughed. “At the Cathedral. You spoke to her? Why? ” Ramón sat down within the chair and lined his face. “I spoke to her,” he mumbled into his arms. “And you turned her lover straight away? ” “Yes,” Ramón acknowledged, even though Theodore knew this was once now not so. that they had recognized one another for months prior to Ramón grew to become her lover. “Did you provide her funds, Ramón? funds if you happen to slept along with her? ” “No,” Ramón acknowledged sullenly via his palms.

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