- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprinted edition edition (1 Jan. 1900)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679745688
- ISBN-13: 978-0679745686
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,699,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ripley's Game (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 1 Jan 1900
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"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Following the huge success of Anthony Mingella's 1999 film The Talented Mr Ripley, the eagerly anticipated film of Ripley's Game is released in October 2002. The star cast includes John Malkovitch, Dougray Scott and Ray Winstone. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The character of Tom Ripley is a marvellously complex one - we see Ripley at once toy with Trevanny as a puppet, and then step into help him in an act of apparent selflessness. We also get to know the character of Reeves Minot, briefly featured in Riply Under Ground, in more depth. But the real strength of this novel is the character of Jonathan Trevanny who mirrors the reader's initial disgust with Ripley, then their reluctant fascination, and finally their seduction into his psychopathic world.
The premise for Ripley's Game is the most interesting of the first three books in a series: How will a dying man look at morality when he knows his days are numbered? Ripley's Game has a second advantage over The Talented Mr. Ripley and Ripley Under Ground -- there are no plot devices where Ripley fools the same person over and over again with alternate disguises. Another advantage over Ripley Under Ground is that Ms. Highsmith has a new character who can be totally developed in his many complex facets, much as Tom Ripley was so brilliantly in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The title is particularly clever. In one meaning, it describes one aspect of the plot. Ripley has become interested in how an innocent man might be persuaded through careful psychological nudges to perform an anonymous murder. In the other meaning, Ripley becomes the hunted, the game that killers seek out -- as in famous short story, The Most Dangerous Game. Some will even see a third meaning . . . that Ripley's ready for action.
As the book opens, Tom Ripley's criminal friend Reeves has come up with an implausible idea -- encourage the Italian mafia to run itself out of Hamburg by starting a war between rival families. To do this, Reeves needs an untraceable, innocent-looking killer who will quickly disappear. Reeves spots the possible targets, but cannot think of anyone to do the killings. Although Ripley has nothing at stake, the problem intrigues Tom.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom Ripley is a good husband and an upstanding member of society. He's also a murderous sociopath and Highsmith lures us in with all the domesticity.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the style - very entertaining - light yet shockingly dark.Published 20 months ago by Jonathan Baker
Highsmith’s Ripley novels are more than thrillers, not least because they raise intriguing moral issues. Put baldly, Ripley’s ‘game’ is to corrupt a thoroughly honest man. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2015 by Stewart Robertson
Great book. I am reading the whole series one by one, and they are all greatPublished on 2 Mar. 2015 by ballysax