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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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