The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game
By (author) Patricia Highsmith
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Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
Book DescriptionThree classic crime novels by a master of the macabre - The Talented Mr Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, and Ripley's Game - appear here together in hardcover for the first time. Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral, Patricia Highsmith's hero, the inimitable Tom Ripley, stops at nothing - not even murder - to accomplish his goals. In achieving the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley shows himself to be a master of illusion and manipulation and a disturbingly sympathetic combination of genius and psychopath. Sent on a mission to Italy to coax an irresponsible young playboy back to his wealthy father in America, Ripley finds himself so fond of the young man that he sets out to be like him - exactly like him. The precarious charade that ensues is the first step to a life of elegance and ease - and perpetual danger. As she leads us through the mesmerizing tangle of Ripley's deadly and sinister games, Highsmith turns the mystery genre inside out and takes us into the mind of a man utterly indifferent to evil.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857152623
(210mm x 46mm x 135mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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UK Kirkus Review » In The Talented Mr Ripley Highsmith introduced an amoral, vacuous and shapeshifting hero in Tom Ripley, a man in some ways reminiscent of Fitzgerald's Gatsby, who was destined to make return appearances in her later books. First published in 1955, it tells the tale of Ripley's all-expenses-paid escapade from a depressing New York where he is walking on the wrong side of the law, to a glamorous Italian Riviera, to persuade a rich ship-builder's son to return home. But instead of bringing Dickie back to his dying mother, Ripley turns schizophrenic murderer, and assumes Dickie's priveleged lifestyle for himself. A chilling account of a charming, coldblooded killer which has rightly become a classic. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » ....is a young man of no means, and expensive tastes, and his nerveless, conscienceless progression is traced from the time when Tom Ripley is sent to Italy to retrieve an expatriate son, Dickie Greenleaf. Ripley attaches himself to Dickie, is annoyed by the adhesive Marge who is in love with Dickie and wary of Tom, and finally when Dickie's friendship cools he kills him and assumes his identity. For several months he lives comfortably on Dickie's income, but a former friend jeopardizes his new security, and he is forced to kill again. This time not only the police- but Marge and Dickie's father are alerted; Tom is forced to assume his old identity but his resilient resourcefulness keeps him immune. The virtuosity here- more than anything else-will pin you to the page.?? (Kirkus Reviews)
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