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Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors and the law, when an unexpected acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe and a chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099282877
ISBN-10: 0099282879
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

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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Author Biography - Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1921 but moved to New York when she was six. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided to become a writer at the age of sixteen. Her first novel Strangers on a Train was made into a famous film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland in 1995. Her last novel Small g: A Summer Idyll was published posthumously just over a month later.

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