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Goner Message Board / ???? / yr favourite JIM THOMPSON novels
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 8:57 am
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 9:02 am
"Killer Inside Me", "Hell of a Woman", "Grifters", pretty much anything.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 10:30 am
Pop. 1280
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 12:45 pm
The 4 above are 4 of the best. I also like Roughneck a lot, a psuedo-autobiography. One of my favorite authors. Haven't read a bad one, but you should start with one of these.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 1:31 pm
pop 1280
killer inside
savage night
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 1:33 pm
i'd also try david goodis
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 2:42 pm
The Nothing Man is pretty terrific.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 2:43 pm
David Goodis is AWESOME, yup, especially The Burglar!

Fave Thompson would have to be The Killer Inside Me...

Also, check out The Fabulous Clipjoint, The Screaming Mimi and Knock One Two by Fredric Brown (note spelling of first name)...
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 3:11 pm
Texas by the Tail
Heed the Thunder
Now and on Earth
(and all the others mentioned)

Tha man didn't write a bad book. Check out Goodis too. And Dan Marlowe. And Peter Rabe. And Charles Willeford. And Harry Whittington. And Fredric Brown.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 3:20 pm
Need to read more Marlowe. At the risk of hijacking the thread, any suggestions?
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 3:59 pm
all of the above is true. Pop 1280 is the best.

and Coup De Torchon (sp?), film version is great, too.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 4:05 pm
Killer Inside Me is my favorite, though I haven't read Pop 1280. I did just read read Wild Town and A Swell Lookin' Babe and both were good, if not great. I also second the David Goodis rec... he's unreal.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 5:13 pm
Pop 1280, yeauh.

Here's some movies based on his shit. I've seen "Coup de Torchon" and I also liked "After Dark, My Sweet."

On of my favorites of the genre is Miami Blues by Charles Willeford. The movie is reasonably decent, even though it has one of those Baldwin faggots.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 5:17 pm
Miami Blues
love the movie

Need to read more Marlowe.
to me chandler is like john le carre: they transcend the genre: major fucking writers

chandler's best?

big sleep
long goodbye
lady in the lake

i'd stay away from the short stories; who cares about them when you can read and re read any of his novels for ever
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 5:33 pm
just finished _lady in the lake_ the other day. i immediatley thought, "man, i gotta read that again." think i'll move on to _the long goodbye_ next, though. i picked up a really great and pretty cheap hardbound chandler collection through amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Goodbye-Playback-Everymans-Library/dp/037 5415025/ref=sr_1_3/002-5516387-9773600?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1184949152& sr=1-3
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 6:25 pm
Yeah, I've read tons of Chandler, just not much Marlowe. I actually prefer JT to all others in the genre. Just comes across more visceral to me, and he took a few more chances than most.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 6:28 pm
The Alcoholics by JT
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 6:30 pm
Marlowe to start with: Strongarm, Vengeance Man, Never Live Twice, and Name of the Game is Death. Those are his big four. All were reprinted at some point by Black Lizard, so you should be able to find them. He did a ton more if you want to dig deeper after that. Vengeance Man is probably his peak. A lot of pulpsters liken him to JT. The hadest of the hardboiled.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 8:13 pm
re that marlowe

nice orig covers

this web site ain't academic but it's fun!
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 8:14 pm
I read the killer indie me and hated it.
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 8:14 pm
er, inside
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 8:14 pm
more great covers

i forgot gizmo!!!

Posted: Jul 20, 2007 8:15 pm
I read the killer indie me and hated it

the new pornographers slipping mickies to their audience?
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 10:25 pm
The Golden Gizmo
Posted: Jul 20, 2007 11:56 pm
Marlowe's series "Drake" is his weakest that he milked all the way down. "Name of the Game is Death" is pretty excellent.
Gil Brewer anyone? YIKES
For sheer page-turning suspense, Charles Williams. My fav is "River Girl" altho he's got quite a few good ones, both sea yarns or not.
Thompson was the least gifted writer of the bunch, but he had a helluva outlook on life.
and while we're at it, why not mention John D. MacDonald? Is "Flash of Green" one of the best Florida novels ever written?

here's a new publisher, got some nice editions out
and Hard Case crime has the lurid covers you need!
Posted: Jul 21, 2007 12:16 am | Edited by: alex cuervo
After Dark My Sweet was my first - so it remains my favorite.

I also really loved Killer Inside Me and A Hell of a Woman.
Posted: Jan 1, 2011 3:55 am
Seen "The Killer Inside Me?"

It's a good movie ("The NOVEL, in my opinion, was better!") and ups the ante in the child pornography stakes.

The ass on that nanny... I'd like to be the killer inside that.
Posted: Jan 1, 2011 3:45 pm
I love JT, but... if you have read a couple of these, his stories/style starts to get real familiar...
Posted: Jan 1, 2011 9:30 pm
Seen "The Killer Inside Me?"

It's a good movie ("The NOVEL, in my opinion, was better!") and ups the ante in the child pornography stakes.

The ass on that nanny... I'd like to be the killer inside that.

I dug the movie too. Reminded me of Body Heat.

Pop 1280 is his best book.
Posted: Jan 3, 2011 9:27 am
Chester Himes is my favorite.
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