(Book 1 of the Ripliad.) Tom Ripley, a young striver, is newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley's fascination with Dickie's debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie's ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's THE AMBASSADORS, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels. Basis for the 1999 film of the same name directed by Anthony Minghella and PURPLE NOON (1960) with Alain Delon.