Patricia Highsmith has to rank as one of quirkiest writers in Mystery Land. From Strangers on a Train to the Ripley series featuring a sociopathic murderer, Highsmith’s work has been unusual and distinctive. In this slim volume, Highsmith describes how she wrote her novels and short stories, from “The Germ of an Idea” to “Development” and “Plotting” to the “First Draft” and “Second Draft.” But the chapter that makes this book must reading is Chapter 10: “The Case History of a Novel: The Glass Cell” where Highsmith goes step by step through the creative process and the publishing process of her underrated novel. First published in 1985, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction has been operating under most mystery fans’ radar for decades. Highsmith’s approach to writing (and Life) encourages innovation and uniqueness. This book is still in print: check out a copy and be enlightened.