Ripley Under Water

Ripley Under Water

Book - 1992 | First American ed
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1992, c1991
Edition: First American ed
ISBN: 9780679416777
0679416773
Branch Call Number: F HIGHS-P
813.54
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Sep 20, 2014

The fifth and final volume in Patricia Highsmith's Riley series (the "Ripliad") and the penultimate book before her death in 1995. In Ripley, Highsmith created what has become an archetype: the sophisticated (he likes art, good food, and classical music) and blandly charming sociopath. Highsmith lived in Europe much of her life and I don't think it's a coincidence that Riley is an American who primarily interacts (and sometimes kills) Europeans. I'll leave the psychologists to figure it out. Some films based on her books to check out: "Strangers on a Train," "Purple Noon," "The American Friend," The Talented Mr. Ripley."

Unclose Jul 16, 2012

The Prichards move into Tom Ripley's quiet neighborhood in the French countryside. The couple seem to know all about the people Tom has murdered in the past and torment him with crank calls, packages, menacing letters, snapshots of his house, and even follow him and his wife to Tangier where they vacation. Tom brilliantly turns the tables on them when they begin fishing for a corpse in a river where they suspect Tom has hidden a body.

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