'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times
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Published: 05 February 2009
Genre: Classic fiction
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.
Ripley, amoral, hedonistic and charming, is a genuinely original creation
As haunting and harrowing a study of a schizophrenic murdered as paper will bear. A glittering addition to the meagre ranks of people who make books that you really can't put down
Precisely plotted, stylishly written and kept alert by an icy wit. Streets ahead of the conventional thriller: a cool little classic of its kind
An outstanding thriller which has deservedly become a classic
It is hard to imagine anyone interested in modern fiction who has not read the Ripley novels.
Highsmith's psychopathic protagonist, Ripley, is dangerous but utterly intriguing. If you liked Stranger on a Train, you will love this; you might even find yourself sympathising with Ripley. Highsmith was an innovator and a talented psychologist with a dark imagination. The Talented Mr Ripley is definitely my personal favourite of the Ripley Series. Hitchcock loved her work (enough to make Stranger into a film) and you will too.
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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 ...