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
Incredible book--masterful writing coupled with a page-turning story. You don't get that combination very often. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Marianne
I'm fascinated with sociopaths and Highsmith's excellent,casual style of writing gets one thinking
"Oh, of course he has to do away with this guy"
This book was... Read more
I have to take issue with the opinion that Tom Ripley is one of the most interesting characters in world literature. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Mark H. Gaffney
Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley qualifies as is one superb psychological thriller, perhaps ahead of its time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by fra7299
Tom Ripley is the sum total of mens darker, anarchistic side of self. He's not good, he's not bad, he's amoral, acting like an animal, following his instinct, combined with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hiroshige
Tom Ripley is a great anti-hero: charming, cosmopolitan, wildly dishonest, sarcastic, and a murderer. Read more
I was under the impression the kindle edition was the actual novel. All the reviews also gave the impression that it was the actual novel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by night book owl
Tom Ripley is not as interesting as Dickie Greenleaf, and the difference is important to make a book in which Greenleaf is not present until page 45 and killed on page 104. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cabin Dweller