Ripley's Game Book Summary and Study Guide

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Tom Ripley, the sociopathic main character of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Ripley Under Ground" returns for a third entry in the series in "Ripley's Game."
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Having recently survived an investigation by the police in regards to a death, a disappearance, and allegations of art forgery, Ripley settles back into his relaxing existence at his villa in south France. Attending a party thrown by Jonathan Trevanny, an English picture-framer dying slowly of leukemia, Tom finds himself insulted by his host's demeanor and begins to plot his revenge.

A few months later, Tom is visited by an old business associate, a gangster and smuggler named Reeves Minot, who operates out of Munich. Reeves has need of an assassin to rid himself of two high-ranking members of the Sicilian Mafia who are infringing on his territory and wants Tom to be it. Tom suggests that Reeves hire Trevanny, who will die soon and will want his family taken care of.

Although it is, at first, difficult for Trevanny to be persuaded, he eventually agrees to kill Reeves's targets. The novel now begins to pick up speed, as more and more people fall victim to Trevanny's gun and Tom's implacable improvisation, finally culminating in a sadly inevitable conclusion, as the Mafia turns its vengeful eye upon Tom and Trevanny's quaint hometown.
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

I thought I had Ripley's Game figured out from thew beginning...boy, was I wrong! This book shows at first how cold and vengeful Tom Ripley can be, and throughoput the story he reveals his loyal, noble side. Ripley is not present as much in this book as some of the others, but his influence is on every page.
The review of this Book prepared by Lisa West

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminals killing each other Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Germany Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   moving train    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog    -   little dialog

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