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The Boy Who Followed Ripley (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) [Paperback]

Patricia Highsmith
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"The Ripley books are marvellously, insanely readable" (The Times)

"For eliciting the menance that lurks in familiar surroundings, there is no-one like Patricia Highsmith" (Time magazine)

"Peerlessly disturbing...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night with the sense that an awful possibility has been articulated only to be left unresolved" (New Yorker) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'It's hard to imagine anyone interested in modern fiction who has not read the Ripley novels' - Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith' Time

When a troubled young American runaway arrives on Tom Ripley's French estate, he is drawn into a world he thought he'd left behind, the seedy underworld of Berlin and kidnapping plots, lies and deception, Ripley becomes the boy's protector as friendship develops between the young man with a guilty conscience and the older one with no conscience at all

'Patricia Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night with a the sense that an awful possibility has been articulated only to be left unresolved' New Yorker

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to New York when she was six, where she attended the Julia Richman High School and Barnard College. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided at the age of sixteen to become a writer. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, and was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1999 by Anthony Minghella. Graham Greene called Patricia Highsmith 'the poet of apprehension', saying that she 'created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger' and The Times named her no.1 in their list of the greatest ever crime writers. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously, the same year. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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