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The Grifters
by Jim Thompson
To his friends, to his coworkers, and even to his mistress Moira, Roy Dillon is an honest hardworking salesman. He lives in a cheap hotel just within his pay bracket. He goes to work every day. He has hundreds of friends and associates who could attest to his good character. Yet, hidden behind three gaudy clown paintings in Roy's pallid...
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The Killer Inside Me
by Jim Thompson
Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford. A deputy sheriff, Lou's known to the small-time criminals, the real-estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers--the low-lifes, the big-timers, and everyone in-between--as the nicest guy around. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but...
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After Dark, My Sweet
by Jim Thompson
William "Kid" Collins was once a respected boxer. Now he's a drifter, on the run after escaping from a mental institution. One afternoon he meets Fay, a beautiful young widow. She is smart and decent--at least when she's sober. Soon Collins finds himself involved in a kidnapping scheme that goes drastically wrong almost before it even...
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Pop. 1280
by Jim Thompson
Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose. He doesn't solve problems, enforce rules or arrest criminals. He knows that nobody in tiny Potts County actually wants to follow the law and he is perfectly content lazing about, eating five meals a day, and sleeping with all the eligible women. Still, Nick has some very complex problems to...
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Forever After
by Jim Thompson
The life insurance money—wasn't that reason enough for Ardis Clinton to kill her husband? That and his annoying neglect of his loving. But Ardis has the plan—with her dimwitted boyfriend and a meat cleaver she'll be on easy street. But sometimes the best laid plans of mice and unfaithful women often go astray.
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A Swell-Looking Babe
by Jim Thompson
It was supposed to be only a temporary job--something to pay the bills until Dusty could get his feet back on the ground and raise enough money for medical school. After all, there's nothing wrong with being a bellboy at a respectable hotel like the Manton--that is, until she came along. Marcia Hillis. The perfect woman. Beautiful....
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Bad Boy
by Jim Thompson
From the beginning, Jim Thompson knew he was going to catch hell no matter what he did. And during a childhood spent at the mercy of a father whose schemes put him on the wrong side of the law as often as the right, and a grandfather who knew the bad parts of town like the back of his hand, young Jim learned sin better than any writer...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs
The Getaway
by Jim Thompson
Doc McCoy is the most skilled criminal alive. But when for the first time in Doc's long criminal career, his shot doesn't hit the mark, everything begins to fall apart. And Doc begins to realize that the perfect bank robbery isn't complete without the perfect getaway to back it up. THE GETAWAY is the classic story of a bank robbery gone...
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Sharecropper Hell (Illustrated)
by Jim Thompson
Nineteen-year-old Tommy Carver desperately wants to make something of himself, but he's got some mighty tall odds stacked against him—a brutal sharecropper father, a secret love affair with his wealthy landowner's daughter, a step-mother devoid of maternal instincts, and even his own short-tempered, prideful ways. The odds only get...
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The Criminal
by Jim Thompson
Everyone in Kenton Hills knows that short-tempered, tongue-tied Bob Talbert wasn't the one responsible for the brutal crime that ended Josie Eddleman's life. Nevermind that he was the last one to see her alive. But in a town filled with the likes of an amoral tabloid reporter known only as The Captain, a district attorney who'll do...
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A Hell of a Woman
by Jim Thompson
Frank "Dolly" Dillon has a job he hates, working sales and collections for Pay-E-Zee Stores, a wife named Joyce he can't stand, and an account balance that barely allows him to pay the bills each month. Working door-to-door one day, trying to eke money out of folk with even less of it than he has, Dolly crosses paths with a beautiful...
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Nothing More Than Murder
by Jim Thompson
Joe Wilmot has the nicest movie theatre in his area. Sure it wasn't a major city, but it was something he had built up. The Barclay Theatre still carries his wife's maiden name, but it didn't bother him much—not too much at all. His wife Elizabeth was always fouling things up and Joe was always fixing things. Sure, a few people lost...
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Roughneck
by Jim Thompson
By the time Jim Thompson was sixteen years old, he had been a newspaper boy, a burlesque show hawker, a plumber's helper, a comedian in two-reel pictures, a night bellboy in a luxury hotel and over a dozen other occupations. By the time he was eighteen, he was driving across America in a broken-down Ford without a penny to his name and...
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Cropper's Cabin
by Jim Thompson
Tommy Carver was a raw nerve, an angry young Okie sharecropper. Sharing the narrow confines of a hot and steamy cabin with a violent father. But his stepmother was the one that was really pushing his buttons. And her affections were way beyond maternal. The heat of the situation was making Tommy boil over. It was just a matter of time...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Savage Night
by Jim Thompson
Jake Winroy had no looks, no education, and little else before he'd worked his way to the top of a million-dollar-a-month horse-betting ring. But when the state's latched onto his game, the feds take a bite and the lawyer fees eat away at the rest, all Jake's got left is the bottle and a beautiful wife whose every word is ugly. Jake's...
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The Nothing Man
by Jim Thompson
War changed Clinton Brown. Permanently disfigured by a tragic military accident, he's struggling to find satisfaction from life as a rewrite man for Pacific City's Courier . Shame has led him to isolate himself from closest friends and even his estranged, still faithfully devoted wife, Ellen. Only the bottle keeps him company. But now...
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Recoil
by Brian Garfield
Years after going into hiding, a witness must run from the mob again Fred Mathieson was not an ordinary witness against the mob. He was never in the organization, and didn’t testify against gangster Frank Pastor to save his own skin. Mathieson is a lawyer, and took the stand simply from a desire to do the right thing. His...
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The Golden Gizmo
by Jim Thompson
"Gizmo" is the GI term for the unidentifiable--and that's the way that Toddy Kent has begun to think of the reasons behind the rapid swing of his days. Somehow, Kent seems always to find himself regularly confronted with The Big Break every man would kill for--only to see it slip through his fingers. Kent's grinding out a paycheck...
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The Kill-Off
by Jim Thompson
Luane Devore's days are numbered. All her neighbors in the declining seaside resort town of Manduwoc want her dead. Some, like her young husband Ralph and his girlfriend Danny, want the thousands of dollars she keeps hidden under the mattress she spends her days resting on. Others want her to stop her malicious gossip--some of which...
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Wild Town
by Jim Thompson
In trouble more often than not, guilty of assault, manslaughter, and honorably discharged from the military by the skin of his teeth, David "Bugs" McKenna can't seem to help doing the right thing at the wrong time--or the wrong thing, every chance he gets. But when he drifts his way into Ragtown, Texas, things seem to finally be turning...
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In die finstere Nacht: Roman (German Edition)
by Jim Thompson
»Der Tod war da – und er roch gut.« In die finstere Nacht ist eines von Thompsons eindringlichsten Werken: eine gnadenlose Psychostudie über einen Profikiller, der bei seinem letzten Auftrag mehr und mehr die Kontrolle verliert und seinem blutigen Untergang entgegensteuert.
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Cropper's Cabin
by Jim Thompson
Tommy Carver may be every inch the angry, rebellious young man his teachers and parents accuse him of being. But sometimes, there are reasons for a fury like Tommy's. Tommy's relationship with Donna, the daughter of a man he hates almost as much as his own father, has led to more outbursts than anything else in Tommy's firecracker...
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The Rip-Off
by Jim Thompson
Britton Rainstar never knew he could love a woman as deeply as he does Manuela Aloe and be so terrified of her at the same time. It's not just that he thinks she's out of his league. It's more that the longer he stays with her, the closer to death he seems to come. A vicious dog is somehow let loose in his hotel room. He's threatened at...
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Blind vor Wut: Roman (German Edition)
by Jim Thompson
Ich liebe euren Hass! Seine Mutter ist eine weiße Prostituierte. Er ist Mulatte – weder schwarz noch weiß. Der achtzehnjährige Allen fühlt sich als Fremder in einer feindlichen Welt. Er weiß nicht, wo er hingehört, er weiß nur eins: Um seine Würde zu behalten, muss er bis zum Letzten kämpfen. Gegen seine Mutter, die ihn...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Recoil
by Jim Thompson
Patrick Cosgrove used to think he'd do anything not to be a prisoner of Sandstone State Reformatory. Fifteen years on the inside for a victimless crime, under the care of a warden whose penchant for violence is legendary--surely nothing could be worse. But when an unbelievably Samaritan act by a psychologist he's never met places...
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Nothing More than Murder
by Jim Thompson
Joe Wilmot can't stand his wife Elizabeth. But he sure loves her movie theater. It's a modest establishment in a beat-down town--but Joe has the run of the place, and inside its walls, he's king. Without the theater, he'd be sunk. Without his leadership, the theater would close in a heartbeat. If it isn't the life Joe imagined for...
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Heed the Thunder
by Jim Thompson
In the rural town of Verdon, Nebraska, in the early days of the 20th century, you can't go ten feet without running into one of the Fargos. So, Grant Fargo argues to his grandfather Lincoln, it's perfectly all right that he's desperately in love with his first cousin, Bella-she's the only source of intelligent conversation for miles, and...
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South Of Heaven
by Jim Thompson
Orphaned by a tragic accident at sixteen, Tommy Burwell's been scraping out a meager existence working dead-end jobs for years. When he and fellow nomad Four Trey Whitey get jobs working with dynamite, making way for a new pipeline across the deserted plains of Far West Texas, disaster ensues. In a matter of days, Tommy is brutally...
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Jetzt und auf Erden: Roman (German Edition)
by Jim Thompson
Wie viel kann ein Mensch einstecken? Ein Roman wie kein zweiter! Thompsons frühe autobiografische Tour de Force durch das Leben einer Unterschichtfamilie während der 1940er Jahre ist ein knallharter Trip durch die höllischen Abgründe der Armut. Sein Held, der Autor James »Dilly« Dillon, kämpft mit dem Alkohol, einer...
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Categories: Unknown
Nothing More than Murder
by Jim Thompson
James Meyers Thompson (Jim Thompson) was an American writer who never attained full recognition for his talent until after his death in 1977. Now, he is rightly regarded as a master of noir who turned the crime genre into literature and art. A number of Thompson’s books became popular films. Jim Thompson made his reputation writing...
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