How do you commit the perfect murder? This question has obsessed Patricia Highsmith for her entire career. Highsmith first approached the perfect murder in her classic Strangers on a Train. She returned to this theme in 1955 with another classic: The Talented Mr. Ripley which also was one of the first books to explore identity theft. In 1970, Highsmith set Tom Ripley, sociopathic killer, loose on the high-end Art Market. Ripley’s Game, published in 1974, features Tom Ripley manipulating a terminally ill man into committing murders. Patricia Highsmith is legendary for her psychological approach to crime fiction. In many of her stories and novels, the criminals escape justice. If you’re interested in the randomness of murder and justice, Highsmith shows you just how unpredictable Reality can be. I’m also fond the the John Malkovich performance as Tom Ripley in the movie version of Ripley’s Game. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing a startling performance.