Ripley had kept his name and reputation clean, amazingly clean, considering.
It would be most embarrassing for him if his interest in the Buckmaster Gallery were made public.
The gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition. But now 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 he inconveniently is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution. But not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially if it comes to murder...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/08/1999
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099283584
- Hardback from £11.25
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Review by isabelx
The second of the Ripley novels is set six years after the events of "The Talented Mr Ripley".Ripley is living in a small town near Paris with his French wife, when one of his past scams comes back to haunt him. The painter Derwatt committed suicide in Greece several years ago, and his body was never found, so Ripley suggested to his friends that they should forge his work and carry on selling it through their gallery, while claiming that the artist is living as a recluse in Mexico. Ripley has been receiving a 10% cut of the profits, but now an American collector is claiming that the painting he bought from their gallery is a forgery and his partners in crime ask Ripley to help them to extricate themselves from the mess they have suddenly found themselves in.Ripley seems to have a charmed life. However clumsily he clears up after his murders and however suspicious the police (among others) might be, he always gets away with it, although I'm not entirely sure how.