Ripley's Game (Ripley, #3)
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Ripley's Game (Ripley #3)

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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 d...more
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Published August 5th 1999 by Vintage (first published 1974)
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Bob
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.
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
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...more
Carol
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
Paula
"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...more
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...more
Tony
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
Tfitoby
I must qualify this review by saying I am already a huge fan of the Ripley books.

This one is third in the series and takes Ripley in yet another new direction. The tension and suspense is less palpable and replaced by a more interesting and even slightly more conventional plot. The addition of a second point of view in the character of Jonathan served to distance me from the book to start with but then helped to illustrate new aspects of Tom Ripleys character previously unexplored in the two pre...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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...more
Darwin8u
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
Velma
(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...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...more
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.
Ben Dutton
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Elsje
'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...more
Martin
Patricia Highsmith takes a different approach with this third Ripley book, in that Tom Ripley, ostensibly the main protagonist of the series named after him, barely shows up in (roughly) the first half of the book. Instead, this part focuses on Jonathan Trevanny, who is slowly dying from myeloid leukemia. He gets contacted by Reeves Minot, who tries to get him onboard as the killer of two mafiosi, promising him quite a large amount of money.

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Steff
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Robertisenberg
I've been dying to read a Ripley book since I saw the Matt Damon film in the movie theater, some years ago. I decided to read "Ripley's Game" because I knew there was a film adaptation, and for once John Malkovich seemed perfect for the part. I had read a profile on Highsmith -- about her insane mother, her crazy life, and her awful personality -- and I liked the idea that, in her world, the villain always won. (And messily).

"Ripley's Game" surpassed all expectations. Beyond its dark, boozy atmo...more
Zen Cho
Hmm, this is my second crime novel of the month. Maybe I should've joined the [info]bibliophages challenge after all.

Kind of meh about this book. I think -- this is going to be hard to articulate. I think I like very clear moral positions in fiction? I like a very sort of defined moral compass -- man, this is terrible, I'm making no sense. I don't mean that everything should be black and white in a story, but ...

Okay, what I didn't like was that Jonathan was all morally wishy-washy in a way that...more
Martin
Another winner in the Ripley series! I love how each novel of the series builds on the previous in a very intelligent and engaging way. Patricia Highsmith created one of the most fascinating and enduring characters in modern fiction. These books really stand the test of time and are great for any fan of the murder or mystery genre.

This installment finds Tom Ripley still living in France with his tolerant and blind-eyed wife, giving into his dark side and sociopathic tendencies. He continues dow...more
Gayatri
Tom Ripley was an antagonist I would fall in love with, I was told. Sadly, that didn't happen. Neither did I fall in love with Patricia Highsmith.

Jonathan Trevanny, a not so well-to-do framer, is set up by Tom to kill 2 members of a mafia gang in Germany. At first, the honest man that Jonathan is, refuses to get involved in the murders. However, he suffers from lukemia and knows that he will die soon. That and the offer of money that could keep his family comfortable after he's gone gets him to...more
Anne
Ripley number 3 and a decent ending to the series. This is a wonderfully dark story of manipulation and murder. Most compelling is the fact that while some characters are unarguably evil, particularly Tom Ripley, most characters live in a land where nothing is black and white. They are all flawed - and while I felt some degree of sympathy for most of them, I also believed that they had all committed morally unacceptable acts. These characters were complicated and interesting. Again the details o...more
Angie
Similarly dark and wicked, Ripley's Game makes a very worthy third part of the series ferociously and cunnungly written by Patricia Highsmith. Highsmith once again lets us a little under the skin of the sociopath Ripley and one can only wonder at just how far he will go to justify his murderous deeds and how he will stop at nothing to them cover them up.

Living in the South of France with his gorgeous, vacuous, rich wife, in this novel Ripley takes out a petty revenge on a dying Englishman who ma...more
Michael Armijo
A suspenseful page-turner...

This third crime novel using the character of Tom Ripley has mysterious intrigue written all over it. It's got a mix of Italian Mafia blended with Alfred Hitchcock-like suspense. I'd love to see this sequel made into a film like THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY. The subtle homosexual hints in the book made me realize that the female author had plenty of gay friendships. In any case, she had a great talent for writing that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A few lines in the...more
Godzilla
An unusual departure for me - I normally prefer to read the book before seeing the film. but in this case it's the other way round.

It takes some will power on my part to stop inserting the film characters into the novel, and in this case it just didn't work.

I was coming to this book cold, having never read any of the previous Ripley novels, so perhaps I've missed out on something along the way, because tehre are some pretty glowing reviews here.

I found the book plodding and lacking a good narart...more
Caroline Philippone
Highsmith continued to keep me intrigued in this one! I am very curious to see where Ripley goes next, as once again he seems one step ahead of the game. I find his character fascinating, because on one level, I have this hatred for the character, and wish him to be caught, but on another, I find him to be one of the most interesting characters I have ever read in fiction.
Davina
Hmm, a bit far-fetched I felt.
I completely got the manipulation thing by Ripley but I thought Traverrney was too easily manipulated. I also thought the ending was pretty shoddy.

But still, I move onto book 4 to see what happens. I'm reading the books now just to find out what happens to him at the end. I hope I'm not disappointed but I fear I may be a little optimistic on that score.
Agatha
The third in this series of psychological thrillers by this very interesting author. I really like her. She reminds me a bit of Rosamunde Pilcher, if Pilcher were to write thrillers. ;) And I also like how the titles, though they seem random, do actually describe the plot a bit, but you can only realize this after you’ve read the book. I recommend all of her books; I have two more (in this series).

In this one, Ripley plays a game where he sets up a neighbor to do a crime for him. The neighbor,...more
Will
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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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