The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game

Hardcover | October 15, 1999

byPatricia Highsmith

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre 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 for himself 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. As Highsmith navigates the mesmerizing tangle of Ripley''s deadly and sinister games, she turns the mystery genre inside out and takes us into the mind of a man utterly indifferent to evil.The Talented Mr. RipleyIn a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him--exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing--certainly not only one murder--to accomplish his goal. Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.Ripley Under GroundIn 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.Ripley''s GameConnoisseur of art, harpsichord aficionado, gardener extraordinaire, and genius of improvisational murder, the inimitable Tom Ripley finds his complacency shaken when he is scorned at a posh gala. While an ordinary psychopath might repay the insult with some mild act of retribution, what Ripley has in mind is far more subtle, and infinitely more sinister. A social slight doesn''t warrant murder of course-- just a chain of events that may lead to it.

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Presented together in hardcover format for the first time, these three crime novels introduce us to the amoral, ambitious Tom Ripley. The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game shows how he gets what he wants by being both a genius and a psychopath. Indifferent to evil, he weaves himself a mesmerizing web of dangerous games.

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre 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 for himself the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley shows himself to be a mast...

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Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre appear here together inhardcover for the first time. Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral, Patricia Highsmith's hero, theinimitable Tom Ripley, stops at nothing--not even murder-- to accomplish hisgoals. In achieving for himself the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley shows himself to be a master of illusion and manipulation a...

Patricia Highsmith (1921 – 1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in New York. She was educated at the Julia Richmond High School in Manhattan and then at Columbia University, where she earned her B.A. in 1942. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), tells the story of a tennis player and a psychotic who meet on a train and agree to swap murders. The terrifying tale caught the attention of director Al...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:904 pages, 9.1 × 5.9 × 2.7 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375407928

ISBN - 13:9780375407925

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down It has been a long time since I couldn't put down a good novel. In fact I couldn't put down all three. Very enjoyable and excellent writing. Making it a point to read the next 2 in the series. If you like crime/mystery novels from the point of view of the criminal try Ripley.
Date published: 2001-01-23