In spite of being a bestselling writer in Germany, France, Austria, and other European countries, and in spite of the great fame accorded her first novel, Strangers on a Train, and the film adaptation by Alfred Hitchcock, Highsmith enjoyed no success in her native America, and she became an expatriate, living virtually all of her adult life in Europe.
The first of the Ripley novels is The Talented Mr. Ripley, in which the ne'er-do-well Tom Ripley commits murder and assumes the identity of his wealthy friend. In Ripley Underground, he is in danger of being discovered to have defrauded a large company out of a fortune, which could cost him his wealthy wife. In Ripley's Game, a casual snub causes Tom to concoct a scheme involving several murders, the Mafia, and a great deal of money.
These superbly crafted tales about the unfailingly charming but entirely reprehensible criminal are irresistible, much like watching Mike Tyson in a boxing ring (or out of it, for that matter). You know it's wrong to be titillated by it, and you feel guilty about enjoying the spectacle, but it's impossible to avert the eyes. --Otto Penzler
I saw the movie and was intrigued by the character of Tom Ripley. I am sad it took me this long to actually read the book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Franklin
Highsmith is a great writer. Her characters are very complex. Very intense. I felt guilty for being as taken up by Ripley as I was. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Sammy64
Well-written and engrossing, I found myself suffering from Tom's paranoia the further I read. The ease and simplicity with which Tom turns to violence disturbed me more than just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael
I suppose any book that invokes visceral hatred of the protagonist has to be considered a success, but when I put Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Midcentury Mike
A beautiful movie in so many ways.
Great acting, notably Gweneth , who captures the evolving moods. Read more
Excellent book. Loved the movie snd wanted to read the story that inspired it. Wonderful character development that really allowed me to get "into the head" of Tom... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clifford Hornsby
Very thought provoking and at times revealing and disturbing. The manipulation a of a psychopath. I recommend this book to anyone.Published 2 months ago by Elaine Duncan
I think The Talented Mr Ripley is the best. It's relentless tension and clever plot kept me reading nonstop, even though I saw the movie when it first came out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CherylY
I really enjoyed The Talented mr. RIPLEY . The book was even better than the movie, and I enjoyed reading
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