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Ripley's Game (Ripley #3)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  3,267 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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 d ...more
Published August 5th 1999 by Vintage (first published 1974)
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Steve Anderson
Few novels or writers make you want to read them even after you realize partway through the story that you've read the book before, years ago. Patricia Highsmith does it for me every time. It's all about Tom Ripley's twisted and yet oddly endearing point of view. Maybe it's because when, as the mafia are bearing down on him hard for gruesome deeds he himself set in motion, Tom relieves his stress by heading to Paris to pick out just the right antique harpsichord for his always loyal and charming ...more
Tom Ripley is perhaps my favorite psychopath. Even though he is frighteningly amoral, I still find myself somehow rooting for him as he murders his “best friend”, engages in art forgery (and commits murder to cover it up), plays with the lives of others (and murders some of them of course) simply because he feels he was snubbed, indulges in a lot of sexually ambiguous behavior, and generally plays a game of cat-and-mouse with anyone who crosses his path.
M.J. Johnson
In Ripley’s Game (1974) we are once again transported back to the rural idyll of Belle Ombre, Ripley’s house in Villeperce, France. The game of the title refers to a rather nasty little rumour Ripley has spread about Jonathan Trevanny, who lives nearby and who Ripley feels has slighted him in some (unexplained) way. The story also involves another character from the previous book, Ripley Under Ground, Reeves Minot, who is a fence living in Hamburg who Ripley assists in various ways from time to ...more
Isaac Cooper
This … this is a return to form for the Ripley series. Coming out of a fairly weak sequel, the third book in this series – Ripley’s Game - is utterly outstanding. I don’t know whether my expectations were just a little bit low from Ripley Under Ground when compared to the first one, but this … Ripley’s Game reminds me how very much I love this character and how damn tense and enjoyable the first novel was.

Having just finished Ripley’s Game I feel my mind is everywhere, wanting to say everything
This is ok. 3-stars is harsh, so let's call it 3.667 or something. It lacks the originality of the first Ripley and, in the end, doesn't mean very much. Highsmith is a good writer, but these are not really superb or important books, imo.
David Anderson
Highsmith takes the Ripley series in a totally different direction with this one. Surprisingly enough, Ripley himself appears only occasionally throughout the first half of the novel, as much of the action focuses on leukemia sufferer, John Trevanny. Ripley's German acquaintance Reeves Minot needs help dealing with some Mafia types trying to horn-in on the illegal gambling market in Hamburg. Tom won't commit the murders himself but manages to maneuver terminal case Trevanny into being the hit ma ...more
Patricia Highsmith usually writes from the point of view of Tom, and since all speech and action is conveyed through him, we see things from his point of view. In this novel, however, the action is disseminated through two points of view - Ripley's and that of his accomplice. The result is both interesting and unsettling. On the one hand, we really get a sense of what other people think of Tom Ripley, and how much of his criminal life is apparent to them. On the other hand, it's a strange change ...more
Thomas Strömquist
The third Ripley novel follows in style. Ripley's motivations and actions in this book develops the character and gives new insights to his mind. Just as hard to put down as the first two of the series.

Beautiful late 70's paperback edition with a very good translation by Mårten Edlund, who manages to keep the feel of narrative very well.
"The things that are suspenseful, that I find frightening, aren’t someone jumping out of a closet or those kind of big scares, but instead that slow build of dread, and [Highsmith] does that really well. She takes you by the hand and walks you toward the cliff."
Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

Off-topic but this is the third fucking time that I "start" to write this review... yup... there had been a few difficulties as you see... *sighs* I've lost the line of thought but I think the idea it's
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Tom Ripley si è perso. Si è spento. Ne danno triste annuncio i lettori attoniti. Non nel senso che sia morto come personaggio creato dalla Highsmith (questo è il terzo volume incentrato sulla sua figura, dei cinque scritti), è morto parte del suo fascino.

Il Ripley di questo libro è diventato all'improvviso piatto e quasi insignificante, quasi una comparsa di sfondo che agisce per benevolenza verso il prossimo. Lui, che era l'egocentrismo fatto personaggio. Lontanissimo, radicalmente all'opposto
Highsmith, Patricia. RIPLEY’S GAME. (1974). ***. This is the third in the author’s Ripley series. As is usual a with a Highsmith novel, you are dropped down into the middle of a plot and only manage to figure out what’s going on by treading water for fifty pages or so. Riply is offered $96,000 to kill two mafia men by a member of the casino owners in Marseilles. He turns down the offer, but recommends the possibility of another who could take his place. At a social gathering a few weeks earlier, ...more
Oct 25, 2009 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all crime fiction readers & psychologists
Shelves: literature, mysteries
It's almost inexcusable of me to give this a 5 star rating, thereby associating it w/ such truly great bks as "Finnegans Wake" or "Gargantua & Pantagruel".. but, there it is, I enjoyed it that much.. & my appreciation for Highsmith grows & grows.. I've read 2 other Ripley novels so far & they just get better & better. Once again, Highsmith spins a yarn of murder significantly different from the previous 2 Ripley tales. As always, it's labyrinthian. As Ripley's character ages, ...more
Helen (Helena/Nell)
I may have read this novel once before. It was first published in 1974 when I would have been in my early twenties. I certainly read The Amazing Mr Ripley and of course I remembered him, as anyone would. That is to say anyone like me who grew up on the green-jacketed Penguin murder mysteries—Agatha Christie, Edmund Crispin, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, Dorothy Sayers, Marjory Allingham—and more.

Ripley was the first I can recall who was an anti-hero: not the detective but the killer. You were ins
Quinn da Matta
A strong recovery from the weak second book.

Once again, Patricia Highsmith - through Tom Ripley - continues to explore Europe; this time focussing mainly on France. She is deftly skilled at creating a word that slowly closes-in on her characters; it is thrilling and suffocating.

I also loved the dual protagonists in this book - the story unfolds through Tom and Jonathan. Both very different people leading very different lives, but connected through one man and one incident.
While this is probably my favorite Highsmith/Ripley novel so far, it is also the most unsettling. She manages - by introducing a new counter-Narrator (Jonathan) - to make Ripley's amorality seem even more fragile and desolate. Jonathan's wife Simone also stands as an interesting counter-spouse to Heloise. Throughout the novel the twisting and sometimes converging tales of Ripley and Jonathan seem like spinning endless images mirrors. Each narrator reflecting the existential, blood-splattered fla ...more
Erik Hanberg
Always sinister, as you expect from a Ripley book.
(Although I'm reading the 3-book Ripley series in one volume, I'm rating them individually because I have different things to say about each.)

What to say? I didn't enjoy this 3-volume series anywhere near as much as I expected to, and definitely not as much as readers with whom I usually share similar tastes. That happens.

I had an interesting conversation with my friend Dante, who is also the local indie book purveyor in my town (yes, I'm one of those lucky few who lives in a place smart enough
Book 3 in Highsmith's Ripley series has been my favorite so far. But, even without singling it out as special (though it is), it is further testament to the author's uncanny ability in taking a single character (Ripley) and peeling him back like an artichoke, layer after intriguing layer. Tom just gets better and richer. And mellower. So much so that, aside from a slight appearance early on in 'Ripley's Game', he is actually not seen nor heard of again until around page 90. The book's title refe ...more
Amalina Mohsin
Tom Ripley in this installment of the series has already enough money and happiness in the world to want to dabble in crime anymore. Until a request from an acquaintance came at a perfect timing that he can't refrain himself from suggesting the perfect murder.

Using the powers of persuasion and threat of death, Ripley brought two strangers together to plan murders of some members of the Mafia. The plan backlashed somehow, and Ripley found himself changing from a spectator to having an active rol
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,
N.J. Ramsden
The plot is linear, mechanical, silly, and only partly engaging; the prose swings between at worst a kind of childish, earnest attempt to generate atmosphere and notions of character, and at best a kind of pared-back simplicity that at least allows the story to happen with minimal fuss. It succeeds mainly in presenting a sordid and unpleasant narrative with little purpose. If you get your kicks from reading about shady harpsichord-tinkering amateur painters whose immorality is matched only by th ...more
Tom Ripley's adventures continue, for the third time around. I first started reading the Ripliad series back in 2013, reading The Talented Mr. Ripley , followed by Ripley Under Ground last year. In both cases, I loved the books, mostly because of the fact that Tom Ripley is this Machiavellian anti-hero, who kills people but in a very logical and rational manner. Readers typically find it hard to sympathize with anti-heroes, understandably so, but I find myself doing the opposite.

In the third
Ripley plays games with a local man, Jonathan, which ends up with J's life spiralling out of control. They become associates of sorts when Ripley, feeling slightly guilty for once, decides to help J out and ends up in trouble himself.

I found it another nail in the coffin (bad analogy?) of Ripley's personality/psychopathic nature. Not only does R kill without any emotion except euphoria, but he doesn't mind treating people like mice in his little game of hunt or be hunted.

It's well written, a go
Lou Robinson
Book 3 in the Ripley series and I am still absolutely loving the serial murderer. So evil, yet so likeable at the same time.
David Cranmer
Ripley's Game is by far the weakest in The Ripliad, because Tom Ripley is absent for a good portion of the plot and instead the focus is on the leukemia-stricken Jonathan Trevanny. Ripley and a cohort trick Trevanny into committing murder for money so that Trevany can leave his family some financial assistance after he dies. Ripley begins to feel guilty for getting Trevanny into that situation, shows up on a train, and helps him off a mafia boss and a bodyguard.

When Ripley graces the pages, its
Another awesome Ripley installment. Highsmith is the master!
Tom Ripley sees coercion and blackmail as a game and indeed he enters into this game on a lark. Jonathan Trevanny believes he is dying (and indeed, he may be, though I was never sure); he is lured into killing a mafia boss, a plan dreamed up by Ripley's old friend in crime, Reeves (with a bit of help from Tom himself, of course). When sitting on the sidelines isn't enough for Ripley, he aides in the killing. Well, this is the mafia so, we all know it doesn't end there. Has Tom gotten in over his ...more
Michael Munkvold
Tom Ripley is one of the most fascinating literary characters of the 20th century. He's a con artist and a murderer whose saving grace is his detached curiosity about "normal" people. He observes people with fascination, as if he is not one of them. There's something otherwordly about him: he's a mystery, never revealing his real self to anyone, and he has a genius for subtly bending people to his will. In Ripley's Game, the third novel in Patricia Highsmith's series about his exploits, Ripley t ...more
Ben Dutton
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'There's no such thing as a perfect murder'. Zo begint Ripley's game, de roman van Patricia Highsmith uit 1974. Wie denkt dat het een politieroman is, zoals ondergetekende, komt bedrogen uit. Hoewel bedrogen? In ieder geval word je op het verkeerde been gezet. Want het boek gaat juist over de andere kant: een verhaal over moordenaars en hun daden. Fascinerend!

Het verhaal: de Hamburgse zakenman Reeves Minot vraagt aan zijn 'vriend' Tom Ripley, die vlakbij Parijs woont, hulp bij het stoppen van he
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Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations over the years.

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Ripley (5 books)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
  • Ripley Under Ground (Ripley, #2)
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