Press Release: Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Patricia Highsmith

Illustrated by Geoff Grandfield

‘A writer who created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger’
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Patricia Highsmith, author of the highly popular Ripley novels, is among the twentieth century’s greatest thriller writers. Her first venture into noir, Strangers on a Train, was published in 1950 and adapted into a major film by Alfred Hitchcock the following year. Taut, sinister and shocking, it still represents the benchmark for its genre.

This Folio Society edition features seven atmospheric full-page colour illustrations by the acclaimed Geoff Grandfield, and is a wonderful addition to any personal crime fiction library, as well as being a perfect gift for all mystery lovers.

Strangers on a Train is both a classic crime novel and a supreme psychological thriller. Ordinary people and the extraordinary depths to which they are capable of sinking define this murky world. Highsmith’s blending of the events and concerns of everyday life with the nightmarish thoughts and actions of her deranged protagonist is what make this book so remarkable.

Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. High-flying architect Guy is divorcing his unfaithful wife, and is manipulated by the psychopathic Bruno into swapping murders. ‘Some people are better off dead,’ Bruno remarks, ‘like your wife and my father, for instance.’ The chilling sequence of events which ensues demonstrates how, if the conditions are right, anybody is capable of murder.

Genuinely unsettling and loaded with menace, Highsmith’s masterpiece of the macabre will keep you turning the pages in apprehension.



Product information

Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Sabon with Adrianna Extended display. 280 pages. 7 full-page colour illustrations. 9˝x 6¼˝.

UK £34.95 US $51.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95


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