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The Grifters (original 1963; edition 1990)

by Jim Thompson

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Title:The Grifters
Authors:Jim Thompson
Info:Vintage (1990), Edition: 1st Black Lizard/Vintage Crime, Paperback, 189 pages
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The Grifters by Jim Thompson (1963)

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The Grifters = Gritty. Ravenous. Icy. Ferocious. Turbulent. Exceptional. Ruthless. Storytelling.

Here is one of the greatest novels ever written in literary fiction. The same that inspired the Stephen Frears-directed work of outstanding cinematic art of the same name. One of my favorite books in a collection of many read: Jim Thompson's The Grifters. The great novelist never ceases to amaze ... In fact, as far as I'm concerned, he never had in his entire career.

The Grifters is a well-written, page-turning tale of greed, deception, corruption, incestous depravity and murder. It's a five-star masterpiece—all in plot, character-development, and pace. Lilly is a villainess who has cherry red ice water flowing through her veins. She is as brutal as they come, and certainly not a character for the fainthearted.

The Grifters is phenomenal in every sense of the word itself. Perfection! ( )
1 vote CatEllington | May 5, 2017 |
Dark, depressing, and beautiful. Black Lizard had yet too steer me wrong. ( )
1 vote bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
A great book that makes for a good movie too. Family, learning about life -- an exciting read. ( )
1 vote dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Twenty five year old Roy Dillon's apple doesn't fall far from the family tree. His mother Lilly, barely 15 years older, is a con-artist and as a result Roy grew up having to hustle to make an existence for himself. By the time he turned eighteen Roy couldn't wait to strike out on his own; to try grifting for himself. Only he's not that good at it. Grifters opens with Roy badly beaten and bleeding internally, staggering back to his rented hotel room after a failed attempt to con someone. His girlfriend Moira, nurse Carol and mother all take turns nursing him back to health, each with their own con game in the works. It's a disaster waiting to happen as no one in the group is truly honest. Everyone is blinded by greed and what they think is love. ( )
1 vote SeriousGrace | Jul 14, 2015 |
It was well written & read, but I never wanted to listen to it because it was so depressing. Everyone sucked & I couldn't find a character to connect to, to root for. Something bad would happen to one of them & my mind just said, "OK, now wander off & die, jerk." They didn't. They kept hanging around being miserable, living for no other reason than dying would have put me out of their misery, so I stopped about 2/3 of the way through. Haven't missed it & don't wonder what happened to them. Couldn't care less.
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  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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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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Story of a con man, his mother, and his girlfriend, and the ways in which they prey on each other.

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