We just finished listening to The Talented Mr. Ripley at work today. I remember, a few years back (okay, I guess it was twelve years ago, that's not really a few), hearing about the movie and thinking it didn't sound very good. Wow, I am a terrible judge of goodness.
This book was amazing! I guess you'd call it a psychological thriller, which is probably why I would have written it off without giving it a chance. Usually, when I think of thrillers, I think of books by Tom Clancy or John Grisham, and those aren't really my kind of books. So I tend to stay away from the genre as a whole. But then I read books like this and I start to re-evaluate my stance on thrillers. Much like mysteries, I think I may branch out and try some other thrillers.
But yeah, I really enjoyed this book. It kind of reminded me of Catch Me If You Can, another book which spawned a movie that I thought looked boring and was totally wrong about. I guess it is similar in that they are both con men, but different in that Frank is very crafty and calculating when as Tom is just straight up crazy.
I would recommend this book if you like con men, psychopaths, and rooting for the bad guy.