The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (U.S.: Coward-McCann/UK: Cresset Press, 1955)
This was the debut novel of Tom Ripley, a young man struggling
to make it in Manhattan in the 50s. He is asked to travel to Italy to convince an errant son, Dickie, to return to the U.S. to join the family business. An unusual “friendship” develops that ends with Dickie’s death and Ripley assuming Dickie’s identity. To evade the Italian police, Ripley ends up in Greece.
The Talented Mr. Ripley was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe award for Best Novel in
1956. It won the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere (a French literary prize) for Best International Crime Novel. Adapted into several TV, film and stage productions, The Talented Mr. Ripley was adapted into a feature film in 1999 and starred Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.