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The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith

This weekend The Sunday Telegraph is offering readers a free copy of the 1964 thriller The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith. Which has also recently been turned into American thriller film, which was written and directed by screenwriter Hossein Amini and stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac.

the novel takes place in Greece and Turkey in 1962, and features A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland and his alluring younger wife Colette , who arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal, a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets and it transpires that Chester and his wife may be con artists who are on the run from the Police.

Blissfully Unaware, Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men.

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