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A surprising and haunting book,
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This review is from: The Boy Who Followed Ripley (Paperback)
The five Ripley books are comparable to Updike's "Rabbit" novels: whilst Updike charted the life of an American everyman, Highsmith showed the development of an entirely amoral character who enjoys the fruits of his crimes. This book, the fourth, is written in the early 1980s and incorporates contemporary events (much as Updike did) in this strange account of a young American who seeks out Ripley.
Whilst many of the characters and episodes will be familiar to readers of the earlier books, this is a book written in an entirely different key to the others: it is a strange and surprising tale, presenting a mature Ripley and the book concentrating on his relationship with the boy. Recommended, as indeed are all of the 'Ripliad'