After Dark, My Sweet

After Dark, My Sweet

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by Jim Thompson
     
 

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William "Kid" Collins was once a respected boxer. Now he's a drifter, on the run after escaping from a mental institution.

One afternoon he meets Fay, a beautiful young widow. She is smart and decent--at least when she's sober.

Soon Collins finds himself involved in a kidnapping scheme that goes drastically wrong almost before it even begins. Because

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William "Kid" Collins was once a respected boxer. Now he's a drifter, on the run after escaping from a mental institution.

One afternoon he meets Fay, a beautiful young widow. She is smart and decent--at least when she's sober.

Soon Collins finds himself involved in a kidnapping scheme that goes drastically wrong almost before it even begins. Because the kid they've picked up isn't like other kids: he's diabetic and without insulin, he'll die. Not the safest situation for Collins, a man for whom stress and violence have long gone hand-in-hand.

After Dark, My Sweet once again displays Jim Thompson as the undisputed master of American noir. The basis of James Foley's critically acclaimed film of the same name, with the sweep of an epic tragedy, Thompson's classic limns the dangerous territory of honest people all-too-easily sucked into wickedness, with no way out but down.

Editorial Reviews

Stephen King
"My favorite crime novelist-often imitated but never duplicated."
Chicago Tribune
"The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction."
Washington Post
"If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich would have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it...His work...casts a dazzling light on the human condition."
The New York Times
"The best suspense writer going, bar none."
The New Republic
"Like Clint Eastwood's pictures it's the stuff for rednecks, truckers, failures, psychopaths and professors ... one of the finest American writers and the most frightening, [Thompson] is on best terms with the devil. Read Jim Thompson and take a tour of hell."
Vanity Fair
"The master of the American groin-kick novel."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316195904
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
133
Sales rank:
168,466
File size:
1 MB

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Stephen King
My favorite crime novelist-often imitated but never duplicated.

Meet the Author

Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also co-wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory"). Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).

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After Dark, My Sweet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kid Collins, a violent escapee from a mental asylum, crosses paths with a verbally-abusive alcoholic widow and a crooked ex-cop who are planning a kidnapping. Are the others planning to double cross him, or is Collins just descending into paranoia? Although the noir plot can stand on its own, the main attraction is the twisted characters, most of who suffer from alcoholism or mental defect 'both of which plagued Thompson as well'. Unexpectedly, Thompson's characters often select the higher moral choice -- as if to prove that no one is all bad -- although the consequence is generally as tragic as it is redemptive. After Dark, My Sweet is a classic of the hardboiled genre.
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