Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

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 novel, 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.

Title:Strangers on a Train
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393321982
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  • Dan Schwent

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up ...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    After Eight Perfect Murders and rewatching Hitchcock’s classic and my favorite comedy version of Throw Momma from train ( Devito was so brilliant, if you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it)...

  • Delee

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fel...

  • Robin

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psych...

  • Jayme

    This was Patricia Highsmith’s first novel, initially published in 1950, and most often credited as being the first “Murder Swap” novel! It inspired the Alfred Hitchcock movie, by the same name b...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/In order to prove that NO, I DON’T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy r...

  • Idarah

    “My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.” — Guy HainesThis is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama fro...

  • Barbara

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his pr...

  • ?Julie

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipul...

  • Darwin8u

    “People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.” ...