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    • ISBN:9781409130208
    • Publication date:22 Jul 2010

The Grifters

By Jim Thompson

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Reissue of a true classic - 'One of the toughest crime novels ever' (Newsweek).

Reissue of a true classic - 'One of the toughest crime novels ever' (Newsweek).

Roy Dillon is young, good-looking and devastatingly charming. He's also a completely amoral con man. Lily, his mother, works for the mob. Moira Langtry, Roy's mistress, is always looking for the main chance, and so is Carol Roberg, the nurse brought in to look after Roy when a bad choice of mark means he has an unfortunate encounter with a baseball bat and a bad case of internal bleeding.

Together they make up a perverse quadrangle of love and greed in a coruscating novel of corruption.

Biographical Notes

Jim Thompson (1906-1977) was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. After an itinerant childhood during which his sheriff father was driven from office for embezzlement; and as a roughneck in the Texan oil fields of the 1920s, Thompson became successful as a writer with the pulp fiction houses of the 1950s, writing a dozen of his more enduring novels in just 19 months. Among his many novels are The Killer Inside Me, The Grifters, The Getaway and After Dark, My Sweet. He also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory). Pop. 1280 was an acclaimed French film under the title Coup de Torchon.

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  • ISBN: 9780752879598
  • Publication date: 03 Aug 2006
  • Page count: 192
  • Imprint: Orion
I don't read many books twice but Jim Thompson novels - due to their concise, dirty power, their relentless violence and purity - can always draw me in for a second time. Some of the most psychological crime writing ever done. I love James M Cain and Elmore Leonard but Jim Thompson holds a special place in my heart. — Bruce Springsteen
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