After Dark, My Sweet

After Dark, My Sweet

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by Jim Thompson
     
 

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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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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.

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:
9780679732471
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1990
Edition description:
Media Tie
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
501,436
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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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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