Ripley Under Water

Ripley Under Water

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
Charming psychopath Tom Ripley plays a devious game of cat-and-mouse with the Pritchards, a meddlesome and mysterious American couple who are irritatingly well informed about Ripley's colorful past. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
For more than four decades, Patricia Highsmith has developed her unique mastery of suspense - not least in her renowned cycle of novels featuring Tom Ripley. Now, with the fifth in that series and her first new novel in five years, she demonstrates yet again her ability, as Graham Greene wrote, "to create a world of her own, a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger."
Though his talent for evil has in no way diminished, Tom Ripley has aged, even mellowed. Now leading the good life in the French countryside, complete with chic wife and devoted housekeeper, he is more interested in his wine stores than the bloodstains on the cellar floor.
Then a meddlesome American couple takes up residence in the same village. Though at first the Pritchards seem a mere curiosity, their taste as execrable as their manners, they are annoyingly well informed about incidents in Ripley's past and almost smug about flaunting their knowledge. This, of course, disturbs the tranquillity of the charmed, cultured life for which Tom has worked so hard, and he has no choice but to bedevil the Pritchards in return.
Thus begins a spirited, sophisticated game of cat and mouse that leads to Tangier and London and back again, to the pond behind the Pritchards' house. It is Ripley at his most suave and devious - and Patricia Highsmith in peak form. For her aficionados, Ripley Under Water is utterly essential - and for readers new to her work, a spectacular introduction to "a natural novelist" (John Gross, The New York Times).

& Taylor

Charming psychopath Tom Ripley plays a devious game of cat-and-mouse with the Pritchards, a meddlesome and mysterious American couple who are irritatingly well-informed about Ripley's colorful past

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780679416777
Branch Call Number: F HIG
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 22 cm


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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."

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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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