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The Complete Ripley Novels by Patricia Highsmith

The Complete Ripley Novels

1520 pages; W.W. Norton
If you have only one summer vacation, spend it with Tom Ripley, that murderously insecure, identity-thieving culture vulture who made his dark debut in The Talented Mr. Ripley, the first of Patricia Highsmith's five Ripley novels, now available in a boxed set. The delicate tissue of lies fashioned by her volatile antihero is set off by the descriptions of the cosmopolitan watering holes where he plies his deadly trade.
— Cathleen Medwick