The Grifters

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Roy DIllon seems too handsome and well-mannered to be a professional con man. Lilly Dillon looks too young—and loves Roy a little too intensely—to be taken for his mother. Moira Langtry is getting too old to keep on living off the kindness of male strangers. And Carol Roberg seems too innocent to be acquainted with suffering.
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Overview

Roy DIllon seems too handsome and well-mannered to be a professional con man. Lilly Dillon looks too young—and loves Roy a little too intensely—to be taken for his mother. Moira Langtry is getting too old to keep on living off the kindness of male strangers. And Carol Roberg seems too innocent to be acquainted with suffering.
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Editorial Reviews

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"If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich could have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it." --Washington Post
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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679732488
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Series
  • Edition description: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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 Detectivewhen 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

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    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. It just did not make any sense to me. It wasn't clear to me what a grifter is and how they operate. All the characters were so bland and without any personalities. It seemed they had only greed in their minds, except Carol, such a meek and spineless girl. What I really don't understand is the 5 STAR rating.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    Thompson is one of the most powerful writers America has ever pr

    Thompson is one of the most powerful writers America has ever produced. Few authors have ever created characters and dialogue that are so true to life. He understood that "criminals" are not "them"...they are "us".

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Excellent. So glad that I discovered Jim Thompson. He is my new favorite author.

    The whole book was superb, but the ending was a total suprise. I had to go back and reread to be sure of what had just happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    good book

    interesting book with a twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Unfortunately this book is a disappointment.Very shallow, unclea

    Unfortunately this book is a disappointment.Very shallow, unclear storytelling, without forward momentum. None of the tension and depth of the film. The Killer Within Me a much better book by Thompson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    My First Jim Thompson Book

    I love classic noir....books and movies. After recently reading that Jim Thompson was one of the best at this genre, I decided I better check him out. Though I know The Grifters isn't thought of as his best work I choice it because I loved the movie based on this work. Though I didn't love this book as much as the film, I liked it enough to try some of Thompson's better works soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Review

    A relatively short story (161 pages) about a family of con artists. There is no love within the family and certainly no morals. Easy sex runs throughout the story. There is a surprising ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Disappointing

    Kept waiting for it to get better. Very depressing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    surprising ending

    I liked that this book takes place early in the 19th century. Interesting how humankind has not changed! The characters were well done and had me wishing for a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    I kept thinking it would get better

    But it didnt

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    RECOMMEND HIGHLY

    GOOD TRAD

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Outstanding.

    But very, very dark.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    RECOMMEND

    PRETTY INTERESTING LOOKING INTO THE LIFE OF A CON AND WHERE IT LEADS HIM! FIND OUT IF YOU SYMPATHIZE OR WANT TO WRING THE GRIFTER'S NECK, BY READING THIS BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Interesting

    Not my typical type of book but I enjoyed it. The ending wasn't what I expected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Not recommended - don't waste your time

    I wanted to not give this book any stars, but they require at least one, so I had to give it one. I didn't want to, but had to. It was terrible. This book was very laborious to get through. I read it because I started it and usually try to make myself finish anything I start. I thought the characters had little depth and were all very self-centered. I did not like any of the interactions. They just all used each other for their own gain. Do not waste your time or money on this book. The "grifter" part was hard to understand and sympathize with. I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Great cure for insomnia

    I've read a few boring books in my life, but this one is the top of the heap. It's the life of a small time con man, his mall time crook mother & his whiny girlfriend. As a soap opera I would call it "As The stomach Turns."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Very Predictable

    The characters are exactly what you would expect as grifters. By the end of the story I almost stopped reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Worst book ever

    Worst book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Good first half, boring last half

    This is an awkwardly written story, by an author who doesn't appear to be clear about what he was trying to say. The first half is a good read, but the last third is contrived, boring, and lalrgely pointless.

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