A man breeds snails that proliferate and suffocate him and a woman chloroforms her husband. Eleven obsessive and compulsive protagonists shock with dark and bizarre behaviours that make you want to look away. Danger and cruelty are everywhere in this sophisticated horror of the suffocating routine of everyday life and the sick power dynamics in relationships. It is 'a world without moral endings,' says Graham Greene in his foreword. 'Miss Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear...apprehension nags at the nerves gently and inescapably. We have to learn to live with it.'