The Cry of the Owl - Patricia Highsmith

 

Way better than A Game for the Living.

 

The interaction with the police still comes across as odd and not quite right.

Who lets a horde of neighbors into a crime scene to trample evidence, even back then?

 

Nickie was a right piece of nasty work.  

 

And all the internal musings got tedious.

 

You know from the get go who did what and to whom, so no real mystery, but the interactions of the characters gives a peek into peoples minds and how they react when bad stuff happens.  And it ain't pretty.