James Myers Thompson (1906 - 1977) was an American author and screenwriter, known for his hardboiled crime fiction. Appearing for the first time in any edition in almost thirty years, and the first time together, here are three classic novels by Jim Thompson, "that master of the American groin-kick novel" (Vanity Fair). Lucid, idiomatic, musical in their speech rhythms, these are novels that go to the hard core of man's most primal instincts The books are: 1) The Kill-Off  - People hated and feared Luane Devore, the youth obsessed with the secret of his birth, the town handyman trapped by a strange marriage to a psychotic older woman, the gorgeous blind singer. All hated and feared her designs that threatened to destroy them - unless she was destroyed first; 2) The Nothing Man  - Clint "Brownie" Brown lost his manhood in the war. Now in civilian life, Brownie takes his agony and bitterness out on society with a revenge all his own; and 3) Bad Boy  - Jim Thompson writes about "Jim Thompson" and his twenty tempestuous years... taking his beatings, handing them out and blasting his way past youth into manhood.
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Thompson (1906-1977) published 29 paperback novels, all originals, in the 1940s and '50s. He also wrote TV scripts ( Dr. Kildare and co-authored screenplays for Kubrick's The Killing and Paths of Glory. The three books here, long out of print, may revive interest in this master of the anti-hero, tough-guy genre. The Kill-Off (1957) is a tour de force, narrated by a dozen characters, about the murder of a hated elderly female hypochondriac. Each voice moves the plot and the reader's perceptions, and even the ending has a nice spin on it. The Nothing Man (1954) is the self-told tale, maybe, of a multiple murderer. Unfortunately, the story is occasionally over-written, and the ending is disastrously sentimental. Also sentimental, rambling and nowhere near a novel is Bad Boy, about Thompson's first 20 years. With Thorp's rather testy introduction, though, it gives us interesting details of Thompson's life. Despite Thorp's high claims for the author's oeuvre, the evidence here ranks Thompson below Hammett and Chandler, if only just below. The Kill-Off, however, deserves reprinting and even re-reading.
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