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Ripley's Game (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 1 Jan 1900

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  • 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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,844,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Highsmith constructs her plot with masterly finesse' - Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the second Ripley novel I have read - and only wish I had found them before. The story opens in an ingenious way. A friend of Ripley's wants a murder ... or two ... committing and is prepared to pay someone well - someone who will not be around too long to tell the tale. Tom Ripley, upper-middle class con man, has to convince an aquaintance he is dying in order that he will be receptive to bribery for the sake of providing for his family after his death. Ripley undertakes to broker the deal (without getting his hands dirty, of course). The plot is set in Europe and is wonderfully evocative of a time when etiquette was still of paramount importance in order to succeed. Ripley is a charmer and succeeds at most things he puts his mind to making even the implausible seem possible. However, it is particularly enjoyable to see such a manipulative cad get caught out when things don't quite go according to plan. Perhaps he has a heart after all! Highsmith is a master at her craft - these novels are still very fresh - they have not dated at all and I recommend them to all murder mystery lovers.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you have not yet read The Talented Mr. Ripley and Ripley Under Ground (the weakest of the three first books in the series), I strongly suggest that you pursue those books before Ripley's. There's a continuity of character development that you will miss otherwise.
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.
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This third Ripley novel in a series of five revisits Tom Ripley about 6 months after the Derwatt affair detailed in Ripley Under Ground. Mildly irritated by the tone of a comment made by the host of a party, formulates a little game to draw the unfortunate man, Jonathan Trevanny, into a world of assassination, deceit and moral decadence. The reader is drawn with him, and through the ingenious writing of Patricia Highsmith, comes to see the reasoning within Ripley's mind and even to sympathise with him.
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.
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In fact the third Ripley story (but I have yet to read Ripley Underground). I definitely think that one should have read "The Talented" first so that one knows something of Tom Ripley's background, although this story doesn't feature him as the central character. The plot is, as in all Ms Highsmith's stories, ingenious and involves the commission of some murders of members of two Mafia familiies. To divulge more would be to spoil the story.

The scene is France circa1950. Ms Highsmith paints a wonderful feeling for that time. An engaging story well written. Four stars because I think "The Talented" has the edge.
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This is the third Ripley novel. If you read the first one and you read the second one, you may as well read the third one - especially if you intend to read the fourth one. Admittedly, it is a case of diminishing returns with each successive book, but I have enjoyed them all. This one is set in France and introduces some new characters.

Enjoyable. Familiar. Comforting on a cold night.
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OMG - this the third of 5 Ripley books is just as gripping as the first. Fabulous writer. Ripley doesn't feature too much at first but he has set something in motion - and when he does feature, the thrill begins. These books are just wonderfully exciting - real page turners. Have never read books before which make my heart pound. Have started 3 friends reading Highsmith and it is great to pass the books around and discuss them. Start at the beginning with Talented Mr Ripley - better than the film.
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