The Grifters

The Grifters

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by Jim Thompson
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679732488
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.55(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 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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The Grifters 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
missmollyEE More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting book with a twist.
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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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept waiting for it to get better. Very depressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dixieoh More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my typical type of book but I enjoyed it. The ending wasn't what I expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are exactly what you would expect as grifters. By the end of the story I almost stopped reading.
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Worst book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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The writing is trite, and the plot is boilerplate.  Add to this that the characters are not two-dimensional, and I would like the time back that I wasted reading this book.