Reading progress update: I've read 76%.

A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

Ok, this has taken a slight turn. 

 

I thought this was going to be a character study, and it is, but now I just read scene that reminded me of one often mocked in a Bond novel - where the villain confesses all of his evil plans for no apparent reason. 

 

Except, that in this story the ridiculousness of this confession is met by an even more puzzling and disconcerting response from the "normal" people on the scene...

 

We're definitely back in creepy Highsmith country here, even tho I still don't "like" the book as much as many of her others.