In Patricia Highsmith s debut novel, 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 As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith s perilous world where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murderThe inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock s classicfilm, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith on a prolific career of noir fiction and proved her mastery of depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life