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message 1: by Kemper (new)

Kemper I gotta check this one out. Have you read The Getaway or The Grifters by him, too? Both are excellent. Donald Westlake wrote the adapted screenplay for the The Grifters movie with John Cusack that came out in the '90s, and I think he got an Oscar nomination for it, if I remember correctly.


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Kemper wrote: "I gotta check this one out. Have you read The Getaway or The Grifters by him, too? Both are excellent. Donald Westlake wrote the adapted screenplay for the The Grifters movie with John Cusack th..."

I haven't read any other Jim Thompson books but I plan on correcting that ASAP.


message 3: by Mohammed (last edited Apr 27, 2010 08:56AM) (new)

Mohammed Are you serious Dan ? I just lost all respect for you when it comes to Noir fiction heh :P

You must try The Killer Inside Me it is his standout masterwork.


Jim Thompson is an undiscovered gem ? To you or you mean in genernal ?

I think he got much bigger after his death. He is pretty hailed and compared to the best Noir writers. In articles about Noir fiction his name is mentioned along with Hammett,James M Cain and co.


message 4: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent The Killer Inside Me is on my list.

Thompson doesn't get nearly as much press as Chandler, Hammet, or Cain and his books are a lot harder to come by.


message 5: by Mohammed (last edited Apr 27, 2010 02:28PM) (new)

Mohammed Dan wrote: "The Killer Inside Me is on my list.

Thompson doesn't get nearly as much press as Chandler, Hammet, or Cain and his books are a lot harder to come by."


He is mentioned after Cain as important criminal noir,pyschological Noir writer. Seeing as how masterful Cain is its better than nothing. Ahead of Goodis and many other middle period Noir writers.

Hammett is in another league than most crime writers. Chandler is vastly overrated because he was early PI series writer though.....

harder to come by ? Almost all his books is in print by Vintage/Black Lizard. Very cheap for great looking paperbacks.
Charlie Willeford is another 50s Noir writer who is actually hard to get by. Only a few of his books in print.


message 6: by James (new)

James Thane Amen to your last paragraph.


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