Strangers on a Train

Patricia Highsmith
Illustrated by Geoff Grandfield

A superbly illustrated Folio edition of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train – the benchmark of the thriller genre since publication in 1950.

Patricia Highsmith, author of the highly popular Ripley novels, is among the 20th century’s greatest thriller writers. Her first venture into noir, Strangers on a Train, was published in 1950 and adapted as a major film by Alfred Hitchcock the following year.  Taut, sinister and shocking, it still represents the benchmark for its genre.

Ordinary people and the extraordinary depths to which they are capable of sinking define Patricia Highsmith’s murky world, as brilliantly exemplified here in her debut work. 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.

Strangers on a Train is both a classic crime novel and a supreme psychological thriller. Highsmith’s blending of the events and concerns of everyday life with the nightmarish thoughts and actions of her deranged protagonist make this book remarkable.  It displays the author’s fascination with the evil lurking behind the mundane, giving a foretaste of the tone and characterisation of her later novels featuring the amoral Tom Ripley. Genuinely unsettling and loaded with menace, Highsmith’s masterpiece of the macabre will keep you turning the pages in apprehension.

Much requested by Folio customers, this edition features 7 atmospheric full-colour illustrations by the acclaimed Geoff Grandfield (who has also illustrated other Folio favourites by Raymond Chandler and Mary Renault).

Bound in blocked cloth

Set in Sabon with Adrianna Extended

280 pages

Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations

Plain slipcase

9˝ x 6¼˝

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