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Ripley is back. This new publication of Patricia Highsmith's classic inaugurates the complete Ripley series at Norton.

Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley—immortalized in the 1998 film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gywneth Paltrow—is an unforgettable introduction to this debonair confidence man, whose talent for self-invention and calculated murder is chronicled in four subsequent novels.

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    Desire and impersonation

    Tom Ripley is a shy young man who desires to be dynamic and popular. He is approached by Mr. Greenleaf, a wealthy man, who remembers that Tom had visited his house a few years ago with his son, Dickie. Tom and Dickie were barely acquaintances, but Tom is interested when Mr. Greenleaf asks him to go to Italy to bring Dickie home, all expenses paid. Tom is delighted to travel first class, and with $600 in traveller's cheques (this book is set in 1955). When he arrives in Mongibello, Italy, he finds Dickie on the beach with his friend Marge. Dickie doesn't really remember Tom, but invites him to his house, and within a few days, Tom is living there. They become great friends, and Tom is jealous of the time Dickie spends with Marge. He imagines being Dickie, wealthy and stylish, and on a trip to San Remo, he makes it so.


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