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Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

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.
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Strangers on a Train - Swap Murders!

Strangers on a Train

On the train he meets a strange man name Charles Anthony Bruno who has an idea of exchanging murders after Guy sharing his story of a three year divorce with a woman who was impregnated by another man, and Bruno's father whom is very aggravating and abusive to Bruno. The idea is that Guy will murder Bruno's father and Bruno will murder Miriam, Guy's former ex wife, and the police will have no reason to suspect either of them. Guy did not take Bruno very seriously but instead laughed, but Bruno kills Guy's wife while he was away in Mexico. When Bruno informs of Guy the news, Guy threatens to turn Bruno in but then realizes that it will look even more suspicious of Guy planning the murder himself. As guilt grows inside of Guy, Bruno stalks Guy until he successively takes action of his part of the deal.

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Sign in. A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder. Bruno Antony thinks he has the perfect plot to rid himself of his hated father, and when he meets tennis player Guy Haines on a train he thinks he's found the partner he needs to pull it off. His plan is relatively simple: Two strangers each agree to kill someone the other person wants gone. For example, Guy could kill his father and he could get rid of Guy's wife Miriam, freeing him to marry Anne Morton, the beautiful daughter of a U. Guy dismisses it all out of hand, but Bruno goes ahead with his half of the "bargain" and disposes of Miriam. When Guy balks, Bruno makes it clear that he will plant evidence to implicate Guy in her murder if he doesn't get rid of his father.

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