Our list of some of the best Jim Thompson books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
- Pop. 1280 (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- Savage Night (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- The Killer Inside Me (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- The Criminal (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- A Hell of a Woman (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- The Getaway (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- Wild Town (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- The Grifters (1963)
- After Dark, My Sweet: A Suspense Thriller (1990)
- Heed the Thunder (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- A Swell-Looking Babe (1991)
- Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson (1996)
- Recoil (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
- Jim Thompson: The Unsolved Mystery by Warren, William (July 5, 2007) Paperback Reprint ()
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recoil (Mulholland Classic) (2014)
Patrick Cosgrove used to think he’d do anything not to be a prisoner of Sandstone State Reformatory.
Jim Thompson: The Unsolved Mystery by Warren, William (July 5, 2007) Paperback Reprint ()
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Best Jim Thompson Books Everyone Should Read
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The Killer Inside Me
Author(s): Jim Thompson
ID: 2684666, Publisher: Orion, Year: 9.6.2014, Size: 473 Kb, Format: fb2
F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War
Author(s): Warren Thompson; Jim Laurier(Illustrator)
ID: 2741651, Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 22 Mb, Format: pdf
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
ID: 2209009, Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Year: 2018, Size: 10 Mb, Format: epub
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