Reality Catches Up to Highsmith's Hard-Boiled Fiction

When Patricia Highsmith's final novel, Small g, was rejected in 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf, it left the author without an American publisher and culminated years of declining interest in Highsmith in her home country.

Today, Patricia Highsmith is hot. Once belittled as a "dime-store Dostoyevsky," she is now being canonized as a major American artist. Nearly a decade after her death, in 1995, her popularity in the United States is at an all-time high. A collection, The Selected Stories of