Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime, Tom still finds his appetite unsated and longs to get back in the game in the third Ripley novel.
ABOUT RIPLEY’S GAME (1974)
Living on a posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unsated and longs to get back in the game. In Ripley’s Game, Patricia Highsmith’s classic chameleon relishes the opportunity to escape the doldrums of his idyllic retirement, simultaneously repaying an insult and helping a friend commit a crime. This third novel in Highsmith’s series is one of her most psychologically nuanced—particularly memorable for its dark, absurd humor—and was hailed by critics for its ability to manipulate the tropes of the genre.
THE FIRST SENTENCE
“‘There’s no such thing as a perfect murder,’ Tom said to Reeves.” Keep reading Ripley’s Game.
This Woman Is Dangerous
Michael Dirda, New York Review of Books, July 2009
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