The classic thriller behind the Hitchcock film - soon to be remade by David Fincher, director of Gone Girl
Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1921 but moved to New York when she was six. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided to become a writer at the age of sixteen. Her first novel Strangers on a Train was made into a famous film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland in 1995. Her last novel Small g- A Summer Idyll was published posthumously just over a month later
Two strangers strike up a conversation on a long train ride. One is a successful and talented architect; the other is a harmless-looking psychopath. The result is Highsmith's (The Talented Mr. Ripley) gripping and terrifying psychological thriller. Listening to this story is wonderfully entertaining while being equally painful. The descriptions of landscapes, towns, and buildings are detailed and vivid, enabling the listener to visualize the scenes. The characters are so real as to cause us to ask uncomfortable questions about ourselves. How do we recognize and respond to evil? Can we all be driven to murder? This chilling tale raises some difficult questions about crime, guilt, and punishment. William Roberts effectively captures the mood of the book and enhances the tension. Strangers on a Train is a classic of suspense fiction; highly recommended for all collections.DChristine Valentine, Davenport Univ., Kalamazoo, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"A gem... A magnificent suspense" Daily Mail "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" -- Graham Greene "A true original in crime fiction and a superb writer" The Times