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Episode 199: Fall of Frauds, Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley


This week we’re discussing our first novel of the Fall of Frauds, and it’s pretty much the standard-bearer of the form. When we mentioned on Facebook and Twitter that we were looking for fraud-themed stuff to read, Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley was by far the most suggested title.

Some of you, no doubt, know the story only from its 1999 movie adaptation starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth “Goop” Paltrow. A fine film, for sure, but it’s definitely worth reading the book, too. Even if you’re familiar with the basic plot, there’s plenty in the novel to hold your interest, and keep you guessing.

Also this week, we talk about how to fake your own death! Or, more accurately, how NOT to fake your own death, since the only examples one can find, of course, are of people who were eventually found out. Still: useful tips! Don’t ever say we’re not providing our listeners with a valuable service.

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Author: mikeingram25

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2 thoughts on “Episode 199: Fall of Frauds, Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley

  1. Tom’s Sexuality:

    I think one way to read it is that he’s an asexual opportunist. He recognizes the power inherent in sexuality and desire when it comes to manipulating others — but Tom, personally, doesn’t see much value in sex. It’s not at all how he is motivated.

  2. RE: Scary movie recommendations, I’d like to point out that despite it’s lurid title, the now 40-something year old THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE has no gore and barely any on-screen blood. It is also the best cinematic representation of a nightmare I’ve ever seen. While most movies try to replicate nightmares using surreal imagery or dream logic, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE nails the frustration and sheer exhaustion of your worst nightmare. According to his daughter, it was one of Stanley Kubrick’s favourite movies.

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