Tyler's Last

An aging criminal reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith s The Talented Mr Ripley receives threatening phone calls from a man who claims to be Cal Thornton, the young heir he thought he d killed decades before on the island of Stromboli Meanwhile, a dying thriller writer based on the famous lesbian author, fights off an old girlfriend s smothering advances while stalking a yoAn aging criminal reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith s The Talented Mr Ripley receives threatening phone calls from a man who claims to be Cal Thornton, the young heir he thought he d killed decades before on the island of Stromboli Meanwhile, a dying thriller writer based on the famous lesbian author, fights off an old girlfriend s smothering advances while stalking a young female performance artist, who was also once her lover, in a haze of violent obsession TYLER S LAST is an homage to Highsmith, the last years of her life, her work s obsessions and the twisting mythology that has tied them together It is also the name of the novel she s racing to finish, a final goodbye to her down and out protagonist, and the Doppelgangers that stalk him Both stories come together in Normandy and in Senegal in search of redemption for characters who have good reason to expect nothing close Fans of Patricia Highsmith will be enthralled by David Winner s perverse homage to the author and her milieu This novel casts a narcotic spell, leaving one savaged as well as tremendously impressed Elizabeth McKenzie
Tyler s Last An aging criminal reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith s The Talented Mr Ripley receives threatening phone calls from a man who claims to be Cal Thornton the young heir he thought he d killed decades be

  • Title: Tyler's Last
  • Author: David Winner
  • ISBN: 9781937402785
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Tyler's Last”

    1. 3.5 stars, more precisely. Metafiction with a thriller inside it, a character study and a survey of the indignities of old age. No one goes out of this book with grace or style, they're more like themselves than they ever were, with whimpers all around. The characters are deliberately reminiscent of Tom Ripley and Patricia Highsmith without quite being them. David Winner neatly plays off those two figures.

    2. Tyler’s Last by David WinnerFans of Patricia Highsmith and her literary creature “Talented” Tom Ripley will recognize this as an homage of sorts. A metafictional duet between a semi-closeted author and the semi-closeted character she’s made her career on—refereed with icy detachment by Winner’s narrator—Tyler’s Last is a literary thriller that hits on both counts.Tyler (not his real name) is a semi-retired bad guy who’s spent his life defrauding people (and much, much worse; up [...]

    3. Winner manages to evoke the feel and tempo of Highsmith's renowned crime thrillers in Tyler's Last. That would be enough for Highsmith fans still yearning for more since her death in 1995. The book goes further though, exploring the relationship between an author and her creation, and that creation and the mass culture in which he 'lives.' Blending those together simultaneously couldn't have been easy, but it makes Tyler's Last an intriguing read.

    4. I liked this because I enjoyed Patricia Highsmith's Riply series so much. Not sure I would have liked it as much, if not for that. I found it a little grittier than Highsmith.

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