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Strangers on a Train
     

Strangers on a Train

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by Patricia Highsmith, Bronson Pinchot (Read by)
 

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In Patricia Highsmith’s debut novel, 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. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith’s

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In Patricia Highsmith’s debut novel, 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. 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, and proved her mastery of depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.

Editorial Reviews

Time
For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith.
New Yorker
Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ....bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night.
Library Journal
From the I can't believe this is out of print department comes Highsmith's white-knuckler and the basis of the Hitchcock film of the same name. With this, her first novel, Highsmith set the pattern she would follow in later books, introducing sociopaths who are so subtle they can pass unnoticed in the world around them. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The Los Angeles Times
Strangers on a Train is a moral-vertigo thriller: Crime and Punishment for a post-atomic age.— Tom Nolan
Tom Nolan - The Los Angeles Times
“Strangers on a Train is a moral-vertigo thriller: Crime and Punishment for a post-atomic age.”
Tana French
“An incredible study of psychological torture and how fine the membrane is between normality and the underlying darkness.”
New York Review of Books
“Murder, in Patricia Highsmith’s hands, is made to occur almost as casually as the bumping of a fender.”
The New Yorker
“Patricia Highsmith’s novels are peerlessly disturbing.”
Sarah Pinborough
“Strangers on a Train is filled with paranoia and anxiety, and through its twists and turns, we, like poor Guy Haines, are also drawn into psychopath Bruno's web.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781504647656
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
07/07/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 19, 1921
Date of Death:
February 4, 1995
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Place of Death:
Locarno, Switzerland
Education:
B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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