Our list of some of the best Jim Thompson books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
1. Pop. 1280 (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 deal with. Two local pimps have been sassing him, ruining his already tattered reputation. His girlfriend Rose is being terrorized by her husband. And then, there’s his wife and her brother Lenny who won’t stop troubling Nick’s…
2. Savage Night (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 to be the top witness in a major case against organized crime–if he hasn’t already kicked the bucket before the trial has its day in court. But an enigmatic mafioso known only as The Man has a plan to make dead certain Jake never gets the chance to testify.The Man’s hired Charlie “Little” Bigger, a hit…
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 nevertheless, he’s the kind of officer you’re happy to have keeping your streets safe. The sort of man you might even wish your daughter would end up with someday.But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have seen. An urge that has already claimed multiple…
4. The Criminal (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 anything for a confession, and Bob’s parents, who care as little for Bob as they do for each other, guilt and innocence are little more than a matter of perspective.In a masterfully woven tapestry of multiple points of view, THE CRIMINAL explores the nature of guilt and responsibility in a…
5. A Hell of a Woman (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 young woman named Mona Farrell. Mona’s being forced by her aunt to do things she doesn’t like, with men she doesn’t know–she wants out, any way she can get it. And to a man who wants nothing of what he has, Mona sure looks like something he actually does.Soon Dolly and…
6. The Getaway (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 horribly wrong, where the smallest mistakes have catastrophic consequences, and shifting loyalties lead to betrayals and chaos. The basis for the classic Steve McQueen film of the same name, as well as a 1994 remake with Alec Baldwin, Thompson’s novel set the bar for every heist story that…
7. Wild Town (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 around for Bugs. He gets his first job in years as the hotel detective of the landmark Hanlon Hotel. But now that Bugs owes deputy sheriff Lou Ford a favor, things are likely to get ugly, fast–and odds are, it’ll have something to do with the bombshell wife of his Bugs’…
8. The Grifters (1963)
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William Collins is very handsome, very polite, and very friendly. He is also dangerous when aroused. Now Collins, a one-time boxer with a lethal “accident” in his past, has broken out of his fourth mental institution and met up with an affable con man and a highly arousing woman, whose plans for him include kidnapping, murder, and much, much worse….
10. Heed the Thunder (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 in a town like Verdon, it would be hard not to end up with a relative of one kind or another.Before it all plays out, men will be murdered, jailed, tarred and feathered or worse, and while everyone in the Fargo…
11. A Swell-Looking Babe (1991)
The Manton looks like a respectable hotel. Dusty Rhodes looks like a selfless young man working as a bellhop. And the woman in 1004 looks like an angel. But sometimes looks can kill, as Jim Thompson demonstrates in this vision of the crime novel as gothic….
12. Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson (1996)
Robert Polito recounts Thompson’s relationship with his father, a disgraced Oklahoma sheriff, with the women he adored in life and murdered on the page, with alcohol, would-be censors, and Hollywood auteurs. Unrelenting and empathetic, casting light into the darker caverns of our collective psyche, Savage Art is an exemplary homage to an American original. A National Book Critics Circle Award winner. 57 photos….
13. Recoil (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
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 Cosgrove in the care of Roland “Doc” Luther, Cosgrove’s not so sure he hasn’t traded the frying pan for the fire after all. On the one hand, Doc claims that Cosgrove owes him nothing, and seems at times like the most decent man alive. But at other times, Doc’s potential for cruelty seems unimaginable. As it turns…
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Jim Thompson was one of the grimmest, grittiest crime writers out there. Although his books were not particularly well received during his lifetime, Thompson’s stature as a hardboiled writer has only grown in the years since his death. When Thompson’s fortunes were fading, he made the acquaintance of writer Harlan Ellison who had long admired Thompson’s books. Though Thompson still drank heavily (preferring to meet at the famed writer’s haunt, the Musso & Frank Grill) and Ellison was a teetotaler (preferring fast food restaurants), they often met for meals and conversation Jim Thompson has 102 books on Goodreads with 142637 ratings. Jim Thompson’s most popular book is The Killer Inside Me. Several of Thompson’s novels have been adapted to film, including The Getaway and The Grifters. Jim Thompson made his literary debut in 1942 with Now and On Earth. Below is a list of Jim Thompson’s books in order of when they were originally released: Publication Order of Standalone Novels Jim Thompson was an American author and screenwriter famously known for his hardboiled crime fiction. He wrote more than 30 books majority of which were original paperback. Despite gaining positive critics notably by Anthony Boucher, he was little recognized in his lifetime. He was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma and began writing at an early age
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A Still Quiet Place for Athletes: Mindfulness Skills for Achieving Peak Performance and Finding Flow in Sports and Life
Author(s): Amy Saltzman, Jim Thompson
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Year: 2018, Size: 10 Mb, Download: epub
Oil & Gas UK Fire and Explosion Guidance Issue 2 2018
Author(s): Bassam Burgan; Howard Thompson; Jim McDougall; Mark Anderson; Mike Johnson; Paul Renwick; Phil Davies
Publisher: Oil & Gas UK (UKOOA), Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
Maximum Movies-Pulp Fictions: Film Culture and the Worlds of Samuel Fuller, Mickey Spillane, and Jim Thompson
Author(s): Professor Peter Stanfield
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Year: 2011, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
The Ideal Man: The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War
Author(s): Joshua Kurlantzick
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2011, Size: 532 Kb, Download: mobi
Author(s): Jim Thompson
Publisher: Orion, Year: 2006, Size: 178 Kb, Download: epub
Author(s): Jim Thompson
Publisher: London: Orion Books, 2006., Year: 2006, Size: 181 Kb, Download: epub
After Dark, My Sweet
Author(s): Jim Thompson
Publisher: Orion mass market paperback, Year: 2004, Size: 160 Kb, Download: epub
The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Common Sense Lessons from the Commander-in-Chief
Author(s): Carolyn B. Thompson, Jim Ware, James W. Ware
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2002, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
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