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Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith

Ripley's Game (1974)

by Patricia Highsmith

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Series: Tom Ripley (3)

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I really enjoyed Patricia Highsmith's third book in the Ripliad, called "Ripley's Game." I liked it almost as much as the first book and better than the second.

Tom Ripley, the sociopath that Highsmith cleverly makes you root for, is back again, this time helping out his associates with taking down some members of the local mafia. He isn't central to the book, which focuses more on Jonathan Trelanny, a fellow who turns out to be corruptible because he has so little to lose. It's an interesting set up.

I'll definitely be proceeding on with the next book in the series... these are easy reads and great fun too. ( )
1 vote amerynth | Jul 17, 2015 |
This took me an absolute age to plough through, not a good sign. After reading the second Ripley novel I probably wouldn't have picked up a third, but this was in a compendium of four.

Most of the novel followed a very dull chap who though having a terminal illness, still comes across as a neurotic hypochondriac. Over half-way through the novel he and Ripley help one another to do away with some mafia types.

The fun of the first Ripley novel was its freshness, and the striving of Ripley himself, and how he strove to present himself in front of others. All that was sadly missing from this instalment, it was full of padding, and I think the compendium will now find its way to the charity shop with the fourth story unread.
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  LARA335 | Aug 28, 2014 |
This was the most different of all the Ripely books. Ripely himself came off as the 'good' guy. Helping to kill some mafiosas (mafia) so that another man can collect the money. His morals are really developed here--killing mafia men for him is almost a public service. As well as helping his new friend Jonathan.

There wasn't as much drama or connection to his wife and almost no interaction with the police which the first two books had. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
A simple and masterful continuation of the Ripliad. Small decisions spiral out of control as the Mafia joins the fray and Ripley's "tidying up" is no longer sufficient. Unlike the previous two in the series, I especially liked Tom's dependence on and empathy for Jonathan and Simone. ( )
1 vote albertgoldfain | Nov 13, 2013 |
This is the third in the Ripley series and my least favorite so far. Tom is less charming and the storyline less believable than The Talented Mr. Ripley and Ripley Under Ground. The writing is good but bringing the mafia into the scenario was a little over the top. Tom a little too casually involves an innocent American in the Reeves mafia scheme by playing a dangerous and psychological game which quickly escalates out of control. Still I'm curious to find out how Ripley fares in the long run so I'll read the last two in the series. ( )
  KatherineGregg | May 2, 2012 |
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Connoisseur 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.

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Now married and living on an Italian estate, the art connoisseur, harpsichord aficionado, master of souffles and genious of improvisational murder.

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