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.
In this innovative new format, readers can see the development of Greene’s masterful writing in the original script of the movie, with extra content showcasing the film’s distinctive soundtrack and Oscar-winning cinematography. See clips and photos of Orson Welles embodying one of his most iconic characters alongside the text at key points. The unparalleled film and archive materials add new layers to the characters and the mystery at the heart of the story.
This is a special digital edition to celebrate Studio Canal's restored edition of the film. It includes:
- An array of film clips and stills embedded in the text of the novel
- A large selection of behind-the-scenes photos from the archive, including candid photos of Orson Welles and the cast on set
- Scans of the original post-production script
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With an introduction by the author.