The Getaway

The Getaway

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by Jim Thompson
     
 

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Doc McCoy knows everything there is to know about pulling off the perfect bank job. But there are some things he has forgotten—such as a partner who is not only treacherous but insane and a wife who is still an amateur. Worst of all, McCoy has forgotten that when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway.  See more details below

Overview

Doc McCoy knows everything there is to know about pulling off the perfect bank job. But there are some things he has forgotten—such as a partner who is not only treacherous but insane and a wife who is still an amateur. Worst of all, McCoy has forgotten that when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679732501
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,006,001
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

(1906 - 1977) James Meyers 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 wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films “The Killing” and “Paths of Glory”). An outstanding crime writer, the world of his fiction is rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, Thompson’s work at its best is both philosophical and experimental. 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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The Getaway 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this novel prior to it being adapted to the silver screen as the classic 1972 Sam Peckinpah film starring Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, and again just recently. Thompson's masterpiece still packs a punch; it is indeed a classic crime novel.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite She waited for her beloved husband for four long years and then he was by her side again. Doc McCoy is a master criminal with nerves of steel. He will do whatever it takes to get what he wants, in this case taking down a bank's assets. He studies, plans and then jumps on the chance . . . but a few things go astray in his plans and before he knows it, many have died and he is highly sought after by the heat. Back him in a corner, he will leave ya there in a heap. So go those who are unfortunate enough to cross him; his escape is no different but will he get away from this one? Enter an old friend who helps him disappear until it is safe for him to escape for good. The lengths he and his wife are forced to go to are unfathomable to the average person. I found myself curling my lip with disgust at the scene. Will he escape to a better situation or is he jumping from the frying pan into the fire? You'll have to read it and find out for yourself! Jim Thompson has become a favorite author of mine over the last several months. It is a bit surprising to find that his books were written decades ago, the copyright being renewed now by a family member. The audio book is an excellent option. There are at least two places where the editing is not perfect and it is noticeable but that does not detract from the story. This is a great spin with an ending that falls in your lap!
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Good evening LC can u go to application?
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Hey LC.
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Anyone?
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Can i work here as manager
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lets go jordan. She starts to get impatient
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Bob is at res 8 if you need to contact him
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Thanks
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goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Not bad but not what I thought it would be. Found it a bit draggy.
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sandylee7476 More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Ruthaneric More than 1 year ago
A complex plot with many twists and turns. Just when you think all things are being resolved and the mystery concluded, there is a final surprise. The plot does indeed thicken throughout the pages and I found it to be a real grabber. Couldn't put it down.
poppaDS More than 1 year ago
fast read, good story about an old time crime. I enjoyed the book and would recomment it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyable easy read for summer fun
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Wha was ur frst impression of me? And i like u told me ur middle nsme once i remember naaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You sure are asking alot if questions... and yes i was yes i do and patrick
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