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In this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling down—unless he takes decisive steps. In a mesmerizing novel that coolly subverts all traditional notions of literary justice, Ripley enthralls us ...
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Overview

In this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling down—unless he takes decisive steps. In a mesmerizing novel that coolly subverts all traditional notions of literary justice, Ripley enthralls us even as we watch him perform acts of pure and unspeakable evil.

Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But this gracious life has not come easily; it is based on murder, forgery, and smuggling, and could topple at any moment.

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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
Highsmith delights in rubbing our noses in the horrors that lie beneath the veneer of civilization, beneath the fragile mask of sanity. There's no one else like her, and that's just as well, but she was an artist, one whose literary gifts were as exceptional as the rage that drove her fiction.
—The Washington Post
Robert Powers
Murder, in Patricia Highsmith's hands, is made to occur almost as casually as a bump of a fender or a bout of food poisoning. This downplaying of the dramatic...has been much praised as has her ordinariness of the details with which she depicts the daily lives and mental processes of her psychopaths. Both undoubtedly contribute to the domestication of crime in her fiction, therefore implicating the reader further in the sordid fantasies that are being worked out. -- New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780434335121
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/27/1997
  • Pages: 304

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Patricia Plangman (birth name); Claire Morgan (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 19, 1921
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Date of Death:
      February 4, 1995
    2. Place of Death:
      Locarno, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Murder, Deceit, Romance, Beauty- This series has everything!

    Why do I find myself pulling for Ripley? He is a madman, but the character is so well developed, that you actually like him!!! I loved The Talented Mr. Ripley and I am enjoying Ripley's Game. The descriptions of the European cities and towns really put you there. Highsmith is an extremely talented author. She can really tell a story!!! I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    A probing look through the eyes of a psychopath

    Highgrave offers delicous insite into the twisted mind of a madman. The way she weaves the story leaves you breathless to read the next page. Ripley's character is so well developed that you actually find yourself looking forward to the next challenge Ripley must overcome, going to lengths no sane person would even contemplate. Highsmith's ability to draw the reader into Ripley's world is astounding.

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