Strangers on a Train

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 2001 - Fiction - 281 pages
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"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith." —Time

The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was present from the beginning, when her debut, Strangers on a Train, galvanized the reading public. Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. "Some people are better off dead," Bruno remarks, "like your wife and my father, for instance." As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith's perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.

The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith on a prolific career of noir fiction, proving her a master at depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.

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User Review  - EadieB - LibraryThing

Strangers on a Train was an excellent 1950's debut for 29 year old Patricia Highsmith. It is a tour de force of social satire and psychological drama. Charles Bruno and Guy Haines meet on a train and ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

I think I'll give this one 3.5*s It is about two gentlemen who meet on a train, they discuss murder, the excitement and mystery of it, and some people they might like to be rid of. One the the ... Read full review

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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

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