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The Grifters

The Grifters [Kindle Edition]

Jim Thompson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (22 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VQS4B2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-boiled Poetry 16 July 1998
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Jim Thompson hits new heights with this fabulous character study of three outcast grifters. Less action and more introspection than you would usually expect from Thompson. However, this allows him to exhibit his writing skills to the fullest with beautiful imagery and poetic philosophical expositions. If anyone tries to tell you that hard-boiled fiction is not literature, make them read this book. Plus, the surprise ending will leave you speechless for days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THANK GOD IT'S BACK IN PRINT! 29 Dec 2003
"Noir" is an over-used cliche now - every crime writer since James Ellroy in the last 15 years likes to be called a "noir" writer, but few ever really are, or were. Jim Thompson WAS. This is perhaps one of the top 5 crime novels ever written, there are no boring detectives with drab, shaky personal lives within these pages: instead the story is told entirely from the criminal's point of view. And no, he's not a serial killer either, he is a professional grifter (conman). I won't spoil the plot, except to say that this is a brilliant portrait of the loneliness of the true criminal - no ties, no friends, just the constant staying-ahead of the law, and the accumulation of money for the distant day when the criminal plans to quit "the life". It ends with a shocking, gripping twist in the tale - true noir.
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By jxn
This being a Jim Thompson novel, there is a depth to the writing and yet a vapidity in the plotting that are at loggerheads throughout. Ostensibly the story of wrong-side-of-the-tracks charmer Roy Dillon and his career at a short con artist, anyone expecting the zany antics of Hustle is setting themselves up for a disappointment. This is Jim Thompson - a man whose catalogue charts a pretty sombre and at times unpleasantly bleak picture of a specific slice of humanity that is as garish and faintly surrealistic as it is unvarnished and nail-you-to-your-chair compelling.

But, as with pretty much every Thompson I've read, it falls down on the actual plot: the four main characters seem to drift in and out of each other's lives without particular direction or intent, yet evoking such intense reactions (both explicit and restrained) as to imply some deeper, darker purpose to it all. Then, just as the various strands seem to be coming together - the Mob, the Big Life Decision, the Chance of Something Better - the book ends. Quite weirdly. It's far from the first time Thompson has done this (Pop. 1280 would be a masterpiece for the ages if it didn't just screech suddenly to a halt), and I didn't exactly expect some jaunty song and dance number to round everything out, but it feels a bit like waiting to catch a train and then being told that the place you're going to doesn't actually exist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb thriller 20 Jun 2008
This is first rate entertainment. The story is gripping and its telling is harsh and compelling, in the best traditions of noir. The plot moves along quickly and it is the kind of book that is enjoyed quickly as you have to know where it's going.

One of the best thrillers I've ever read.
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