A Dog's Ransom

A Dog's Ransom
First edition
Author Patricia Highsmith
Genre psychological thriller
Published 1972 (Knopf)
ISBN 0-394-48069-4, 9780394480695

A Dog's Ransom (1972) is a psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith.[1]


One day, publishing house executive Ed Reynolds finds a disturbing ransom note in the Manhattan apartment he shares with his wife: "Dear sir: I have your dog, Lisa. She is well and happy... I gather she is important to you? We'll see." As the couple slowly realise the predicament they're in, it becomes painfully clear that an ambitious kidnapper really has hit them where it hurts...


Highsmith edges her readers toward the insane territory inhabited by her people... readers are sure to be left feeling by turns startled, oppressed, amused and queasy. - New York Times Book Review

No one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying. - Vogue

Television adaptation

John Griffith Bowen dramatized the novel for Thames Television in 1978 for their anthology series Armchair Thriller, moving the action from New York to London. It is available on DVD in both England and North America.


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