Jim Thompson

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Jim Thompson

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born
in Anadarko, Oklahoma, The United States
September 27, 1906

died
April 07, 1977

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

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James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.

Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the late-1940s through mid-1950s. Despite some positive critical notice, notably by Anthony Boucher in the New York Times, he was little-recognized in his lifetime. Only after death did Thompson's literary stature grow, when in the late 1980s, several novels were re-published in the Black Lizard series of re-discovered crime fiction.

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Wild Town
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 700 ratings — published 1957 — 14 editions
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The Kill-Off
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 735 ratings — published 1957 — 15 editions
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“Life is a bucket of shit with a barbed wire handle.”
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