This is the second novel in Highsmith’s hugely influential, groundbreaking Ripley series.
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Tom Ripley is now the owner of a beautiful estate in France, a wealthy art collector and married to an heiress. The Buckmaster Gallery is staging an exhibition by the celebrated artist, Derwatt, but an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course and he wants to talk to Derwatt – but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead.
Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone’s nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder.
Ripley Under Ground is an ingenious novel of masks and identity, illusion and reality, and is followed by Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water.