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Thompson, Jim

ISBN 10: 1556110014 / ISBN 13: 9781556110016
Published by Donald I. Fine, Inc., 1986
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Three novels first published years ago as paperback originals by greatest writer of hard-boiled fiction: The Kill-Off, The Nothing Man, and Bad Boy. Nice book, clean, tightly bound, no names or other markings, a first edition with a full number row. The DJ is also fine, not price clipped, not edgeworn, with a bit of age tanning around the inside edges. Now in mylar protective sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 002965

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Publisher: Donald I. Fine, Inc.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Cloth HB

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Includes three novels--"The Kill-Off," "The Nothing Man," and "Bad Boy"--about criminal psychoses, inner-city nightmares, and the tough men who must sort them out

From Publishers Weekly:

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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