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Fireworks: The Lost Writings

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A brilliant collection, this book telescopes six decades of Thompson's best writings into one volume. Containing many "lost" pieces, it is a compendium of suspense from the pulp magazines of the '20s to his last efforts in the '70s. Fine.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1988)
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Sep 16, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulp-fiction
This collection of three novellas (The Cellini Chalice/Frightening Frammis, Sunrise At Midnight and This World, Then The Fireworks) isn't just for Jim Thompson completists, these orphans stack up strongly to any crime fiction out there. The shorter works are so batshit crazy they belong more in an EC comic book like Crime Suspense Stories than in Black Mask or Manhunt. Crime never looked more eye-popping, tongue-drooling and greasy fingered and probably never will.

P.S. The film version of "This
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Sep 14, 2015 Guy Salvidge rated it it was ok
This is a mixed bag. Most of the early stuff is quite fascinating, and a lot of the late stuff is quite poor. I especially wanted to read 'An Alcoholic Looks At Himself' and it didn't disappoint. I was less enamoured with 'This World, And Then the Fireworks'. Overall I'd have to say this is for completists only.
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Dec 07, 2009 Rob Dinsmoor rated it it was amazing
Good stuff and they made a movie out of one of the stories, I forget the name of it. Jim Thompson also did a novelization of "Ironside," much darker than the series. I'd love to get my hands on it. Haven't checked Amazon or Good Reads yet!
Jim Thompson short stories. Oilfield, West Texas and Oklahoma, a little LA, a little New York. Lots of drinking and crime, pulp fiction. Covers most of what was not published in book form. Magazines, diaries, and so on. I am a big fan of JT, and enjoyed the book.
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This World, Then the Fireworks ranks among Thompson's best and makes this book a must read.
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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 lat
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