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Imperfect Strangers (1995)
by Stuart Woods
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061094048, Mass Market Paperback)Sandy Kinsolving's once-glittering life hangs by a threat; his future depends on his wife's inheritance and whether or not she's about to throw him out on his ear. What he wouldn't give for a solution to his money and marriage problems.
If this were an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the solution would be obvious. Enter a stranger with wife problems of his own, who offers a violent -- and mutually advantageous - proposal.
Them in the time it takes to whisper a word, Kinsolving's normal life ends. What radiates like a mirage before him is wealth, security, and freedom. But lurking in the shadows are a brutal murder he cannot prevent, and a madman who stalks his every waking moment.
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Sandy Kinsolving is on a flight from London to New York, not knowing what awaits him. His father-in-law, also his boss, has had a massive stroke, and Sandy has no way of knowing if the old man's promises of a partnership in the family business have made it into his will. He does know that if his wife, Joan, has anything to say about it, he'll be out on the street. At this vulnerable moment in his life he strikes up a conversation with the friendly stranger sitting next to him. They have a drink and watch the movie, which turns out to be Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. After the film has ended, and after a few too many drinks, the two men discover that they both have wives who are making their lives difficult, and they decide to see if they can iron some wrinkles out of the film's plot.By the time Sandy Kinsolving's plane has landed in New York, his life has changed irrevocably, although he does not yet know it. Awaiting him are wealth, security, and the freedom to pursue his lifelong ambitions. But lurking in the shadows of his life are a brutal murder he cannot bring himself to prevent and a madman who stalks his every waking moment.
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