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Black Mountain Mystery Book Club: The Talented Mr. Ripley


Join us as we discuss "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith.Join us on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm at the Black Mountain Library as we discuss The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. 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.

All interested mystery readers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 250-4756.