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Ripley under Ground (Vintage crime / Black lizard) Paperback – Sep 1992


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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Ed edition (Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679742301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679742302
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,147,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith is in her most brilliant form" (Daily Telegraph)

"The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer" (The Times)

"Ripley Under Ground is Highsmith back on top of her most enjoyable humour-and-horrors form" (Sunday Telegraph)

"By her hypnotic art Highsmith puts the suspense story into a toweringly high place in the hierachy of fiction" (The Times)

"The Ripley books are marvellously, insanely readable" (The Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Patricia Highsmith is unrivalled' - Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "lr-in-it" on 20 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a good book but it is perhaps not quite as good as The Talented Mr Ripley. How could it be? All the same, it's a rich, compelling story with great locations.
Ripley is more mature here. He is not the gauche boy he was in the previous book who still had so much to learn. Nor is Ripley the underdog - he has fashioned a nice little life for himself in which he enjoys considerable leisure and luxury.
The means by which Ripley has arrived at his new found wealth are criminal and he must exercise further criminality in order to maintain his lovely life. Murder, impersonation, fantastic lies - Ripley is at it again and he must constantly plot, plan and scheme in order to stay ahead of the law.
All this in a sea of superb writing with Highsmith's characteristic sharpness, pace and attention to detail. This book is different to its predecessor, mostly because Ripley is different and his circumstances have certainly changed. I'm not sure that I understand Ripley any better after this book, but then again, his unusualness is part of his appeal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By blackeyedsoosan on 7 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
This second Ripley novel sees our 'hero' Tom Ripley settled in France with his wife, Heloise, about 6 years after the Dickie Greenleaf affair in Italy described in The Talented Mr Ripley.
Complicit in a fraud to fake the paintings of the in-fact dead Derwatt, Ripley must take action when the police begin to suspect that the 'new' Derwatts (supposedly painted by the artist while living in seclusion in Mexico) are faked. Donning a fake beard, Ripley makes an appearance as Derwatt at the Buckmaster Gallery in London attracting the attention of a certain American Derwatt collector, Murchison.
Ripley Under Ground revisits the black humour seen first in The Talented Mr Ripley, and begins to develop more fully the complex character of Tom Ripley who now has to contend with combining murder and deceit with his domestic life at 'Belle Ombre'.
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After the ingenuity and distinctiveness of The Talented Mr Ripley I really wanted to love this sequel. However, the needy, repressed, delusional title character that made the novel so compelling is missing here. There's an absence of development and consequences. There's no tension, sublety or discernible relationship between Ripley and his wife. There's much exposition and repetition of plot, detail but no depth, showing and telling. The policeman is taken from English archetype. The story goes nowhere, the language is flat and colourless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HORAK on 27 Jan. 2004
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Another adventure with Patricia Highsmith’s lovely character Thomas Ripley. This book follows the author’s “The Talented Mr Ripley” so that the reader is already acquainted with most of the protagonists like Dick and Chris Greenleaf, Bernard Murchisson or Tom’s wife Heloise. When Ed Banbury and Jeff Constant, owners of the Buckmaster Gallery in London, decide to open a new show featuring paintings by the famous Derwatt, the situation becomes uncomfortable when the American collector, Murchisson, claims that a painting he bought three years ago is a fake. Knowing that Derwatt died years ago in Greece and that Bernard had been forging paintings by “Derwatt”, allegedly living in a remote village in Mexico, it will take all of Ripley’s talent to clean the reputation of the Buckmaster Gallery, as Murchisson’s visit to London is imminent. Mrs Highsmith’s highly successful ingredients are all present in this novel: crime, horror, humour and suspense.
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This story is a sequel to the "Talented Mr Ripley" that should be read first. Tom Ripley is still living in France, married living what appears to be the life of a cultivated gentleman, but underneath still amoral. This story involves Ripley being involved in the faudulent sale of forged art work through a London Gallery.
The plot is well constructed save one critical aspect that I choose not to reveal since it is critical to the whole plot. Still an entertaining read.
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This book was unable to live up to the original talented Mr Ripley. The plot was confused and implausible. The kindle version was littered with typing and grammatical errors which were irritating.
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enjoyable. found this story hard to put down at times. not quite as good as the talented mr ripley but I intend to read the complete ripliad.
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By Cas Evans on 25 May 2014
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Second of the Ripley books. Highsmith best thriller writer - you are privy to the thoughts of a psychopath. Have given this series of 5 books to friends as they are so good. Books better than any film made from them.
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