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Ken Houghton

"If you're going to run or hide, Wurtsboro's the perfect place," she said. "This is a place you can disappear or make people disappear."

Bradbury did a story about that decades ago: the guy who gets off the train in a small town and wanders into the woods with a local, both planning to commit "the perfect murder" on the other--and both deciding not to when the other reveals his intent.

(Someone else will remember the title.)

Gary Farber

The "two people trade murders to make for perfect murders" gambit has been used a number of times in mystery fiction in all media, but one of the more famous is Strangers On A Train, which is really a Patricia Highsmith novel. (Of "Riply" and her own childhood murder fame.)

See particularly and particularly. I shan't risk the danger of checking TVTropes.


She could debrief me and strip me of my secrets in a heartbeat.

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