THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., . Octavo, original black cloth stamped in green. First edition. The first of Highsmith's four books featuring Tom Ripley, a charming con man, thief and murderer, for whom "something always turned up." "Tom Ripley is one of the best of Highsmith's complex creations." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights: The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, p. 359. Basis for the 1999 film starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. Keating, Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books 52. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with a touch of fading to green background on spine panel and along a narrow vertical strip of the front panel near the spine fold and light wear to spine ends and corners, two short closed tears at top edge with mild associated creases and a 25x11 mm abrasion to spine panel restored by a professional paper conservator. The correct first printing jacket, priced $3.00 on the front flap. The jacket presents very well overall, and is much better than usually seen. (#151296).
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