The Ripley Omnibus: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Underground, and Ripley¿s Game

The Ripley Omnibus: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Underground, and Ripley¿s Game


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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre appear here together in hardcover for the first time.Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral, Patricia Highsmith's hero, the inimitable Tom Ripley, stops at nothing--not even murder-- to accomplish his goals. In achieving for himself the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley shows himself to be a master of illusion and manipulation and a disturbingly sympathetic combination of genius and psychopath. As Highsmith navigates the mesmerizing tangle of Ripley's deadly and sinister games, she turns the mystery genre inside out and takes us into the mind of a man utterly indifferent to evil.The Talented Mr. RipleyIn a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him--exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing--certainly not only one murder--to accomplish his goal. Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.Ripley Under GroundIn this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling down--unless he takes decisive steps. In a mesmerizing novel that coolly subverts all traditional notions of literary justice, Ripley enthralls us even as we watch him perform acts of pure and unspeakable evil.Ripley's GameConnoisseur of art, harpsichord aficionado, gardener extraordinaire, and genius of improvisational murder, the inimitable Tom Ripley finds his complacency shaken when he is scorned at a posh gala. While an ordinary psychopath might repay the insult with some mild act of retribution, what Ripley has in mind is far more subtle, and infinitely more sinister. A social slight doesn't warrant murder of course-- just a chain of events that may lead to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375407925
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Series: Mr. Ripley Series
Pages: 904
Sales rank: 135,826
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 8.29(h) x 1.89(d)

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921 – 1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in New York. She was educated at the Julia Richmond High School in Manhattan and then at Columbia University, where she earned her B.A. in 1942. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), tells the story of a tennis player and a psychotic who meet on a train and agree to swap murders. The terrifying tale caught the attention of director Alfred Hitchcock, who, with Raymond Chandler, filmed it in 1951. Both the book and the resulting movie are considered to be classics of the crime genre. Highsmith’s subsequent novels, particularly five featuring the dashing forger/murderer Tom Ripley, have been vastly popular and critically acclaimed. In 1957 Highsmith won the coveted French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere and in 1964 was awarded the Silver Dagger by the British Crime Writers Association. A reclusive person, Highsmith spent much of her life alone. She moved permanently to Europe in 1963 and spent her final years in an isolated house near Locarno on the Swiss-Italian border. Upon her death, Highsmith left three million dollars of her estate to Yaddo, the artist community in upstate New York.

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1921

Date of Death:

February 4, 1995

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Place of Death:

Locarno, Switzerland


B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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The Ripley Omnibus: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Underground, and Ripley¿s Game 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I ever read. The book made me a Patricia Highsmith fan right away. The book is about Thomas Ripley who is constantly suspected of the crimes that he actually commits or takes some role in. However, his guilt is never proven. Tom Ripley keeps on living a deceptive life throughout the novels and makes the living by taking part in various affairs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Highsmith sets the stage with The Talented Mr. Ripley. Unfortunately it ends abruptly and it just feels as if Toms advesaries kind of walk away, leaving the stage as if they've forgotten their lines. Ripley Underground is the book that leaves you biting your nails. Ripley is sicker than sick in Ripleys Game. It's facinating how Highsmith makes murder seem as normal as brushing yo
AvidReaderMC More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie, 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' when it first came out and did not realize it was based on Highsmith's book until just recently. I think the movie depicted the novel very well except as is always the case with a movie based on a book, you get much more background on the characters in the book as you do in the movie. Thomas Ripley is an evil murderer and I found him very frightening in the movie and he really gave me the creeps. In the book, however, you get a better understanding of his personality -- that he's emotionally insecure and his desire to live life among the upper class is driven by this insecurity, not simply because he wants to be rich. Of course this doesn't condone his act of murder but given the deeper knowledge of his character makes him a little less creepy. Having said that though, if you read the next 2 books in the series you realize that he actually is diabolical and enjoys conjuring up plots to deceive others which inevitably leads him to murdering those that may expose him. Highsmith develops the tension very well in all 3 books -- the level of his bad and evil acts escalating as he attempts to escape exposure. If you like this genre then these books are for you.
jasonpettus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being illegally reposted here.)The CCLaP 100: In which I attempt over the next two years to read a hundred so-called "classic" novels for the first time, then write reports on whether or not I think they deserve the labelThis week: "The Ripley Trilogy," by Patricia Highsmith (1955-1972)Review #5 of this essay seriesThe story in a nutshell:Known collectively as the "Ripley Trilogy," these three small novels by Patricia Highsmith tell the ongoing tale of one Tom Ripley, one of the more fascinating characters in the entirety of 20th-century literature. (And note, by the way, that Highsmith would go on to pen even two more books about Ripley after this original trilogy; the five-book series is now known by its fans as the "Ripliad.") Charming sociopath, vicious murderer, with a hyper-specific set of ethics that make sense only to him, Ripley and his exploits virtually defined the burgeoning "crime fiction" genre at its beginning, and helped define many of its standards right when it was just starting to become the marketplace juggernaut it still is in America and elsewhere.That said, I think most will agree that the original 1955 novel that started them all, The Talented Mr Ripley, is far and away the best of the entire series: a look at the young Ripley in his mid-twenties, heading to Europe for the first time, and the experiences that would turn him for good from a "harmless" sociopathic con-artist into the cold-blooded killer he is in the other four books. It's a great little story, in fact, that I won't get into detail concerning so as to not ruin it for you; a story that very clearly defines many of the aspects we now take so much for granted in crime fiction, wrapped in an ingeniously dark plot regarding resort-hopping in Europe with the jet-set during the aesthetic height of the Modernist era. In contrast, then, both Ripley Under Ground and Ripley's Game (set in the same 1970s when they were written) find Ripley himself at a softer middle-age, ensconced in small-town bourgeoisie French life and leaving the "action" part of the crime plots mostly up to others now.The argument for it being a classic:As you can probably guess, fans of the Ripley stories claim that they virtually defined the crime genre that now accounts for more book sales in the US than any other type of book that exists; as such, they argue, the books should rightly be considered classics, despite their relatively young age and genre status. And for sure, a different group of activists would argue, the original '55 Talented Mr Ripley was also one of the first mainstream American novels to tackle the issue of homosexuality in a complex and multifaceted way; indeed, Highsmith was known for this subject throughout the length of her career, as well as being a public and practicing bisexual in her real life. It's a stretch for now, even her fans concede, to consider these in the same breath as Great Expectations and the like; the main argument comes from her most diehard fans, frankly, and I think is more about trying to establish how the future and posterity are going to look at the series.The argument against:"Really? Crime books from the 1970s? Included in the classical canon of all Western Civilization? Seriously?" I think that's pretty much the main argument against these being a classic, summed up in a smartass nutshell -- that they are simply too new, concern too niche a subject, and in the end are simply not written well-enough to be seriously considered classics, or at least for now. As is the case with a lot of books on the CCLaP 100 list, in fact, even its critics I think would agree that the Ripley books are at least well-written, and still very entertaining to just sit down and read; a strong argument can be made, though, tha
sidecar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Talented Mr. Ripley is the best. I was sucked right in and couldn't wait to see what sinister scenarios would come next. And, of course, I rooted for him all the way. He'll always get away with it. Thank goodness.
poulantik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Highsmith has always been one of my favorite writers. Deep psychological understanding and some really interesting villains.