The Grifters

The Grifters

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The Grifters by Jim Thompson

To his friends, to his coworkers, and even to his mistress Moira, Roy Dillon is an honest hardworking salesman. He lives in a cheap hotel just within his pay bracket. He goes to work every day. He has hundreds of friends and associates who could attest to his good character.

Yet, hidden behind three gaudy clown paintings in Roy's pallid hotel room, sits fifty-two thousand dollars--the money Roy makes from his short cons, his "grifting." For years, Roy has effortlessly maintained control over his house-of-cards life--until the simplest con goes wrong, and he finds himself critically injured and at the mercy of the most dangerous woman he ever met: his own mother.

THE GRIFTERS, one of the best novels ever written about the art of the con, is an ingeniously crafted story of deception and betrayal that was the basis for Stephen Frears' and Martin Scorsese's critically-acclaimed film of the same name.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316404051
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 440,693
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.