Those Who Walk Away

Those Who Walk Away (1967) is a psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith. It was the twelfth of her 22 novels.

Those Who Walk Away
First edition
AuthorPatricia Highsmith
Set inItaly
PublishedDoubleday & Co.
Publication date
Media typePrint
LC ClassPS3558.I366


When Ray Garrett's new wife kills herself on their honeymoon, he persuades the initially suspicious Rome police that he's innocent of any wrongdoing over the death. However, his father-in-law, the brutish Ed Coleman, is convinced Ray led to her death and shoots Ray, leaving him for dead. He survives and, desperate to prove himself, follows Coleman to Venice, the husband and father bound together by love and guilt, with Coleman still seeking justice and Garrett a clear conscience.


It has been called Highsmith's "masterpiece".[1]


  1. Žižek, Slavoj (August 21, 2003). "Not a desire to have him, but to be like him". London Review of Books. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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