After Dark, My Sweetby Jim Thompson
William Collins is very handsome, very polite, and very friendly. His is also dangerous when aroused. Now Collins, a one-time boxer with a lethal "accident" in his past, has broken out of his fourth mental institution and met up with an affable con man and a highly arousing woman, whose plans for him include kidnapping, murder, and much, much worse.
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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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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.