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.
Probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered
I'd never read anything like the books he turned out in the '50s and '60s. His ability to get inside twisted minds was uncanny...extraordinary
The best suspense writer going, bar none
Thompson captured the spirit of his Age, and the spirit of the 20th Century's latter half: emptiness, a feeling of loss in a land of plenty, of unease amid conformity, of alienation