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- The Killer Inside Me 1,944 copies, 58 reviews
- The Grifters 933 copies, 15 reviews
- Pop. 1280 926 copies, 22 reviews
- The Getaway 694 copies, 8 reviews
- After Dark, My Sweet 544 copies, 9 reviews
- A Hell of a Woman 489 copies, 7 reviews
- Savage Night 376 copies, 6 reviews
- A Swell-Looking Babe 331 copies, 6 reviews
- Nothing More Than Murder 276 copies, 6 reviews
- The Kill-Off 247 copies, 2 reviews
- The Nothing Man 226 copies, 3 reviews
- The Alcoholics 222 copies, 5 reviews
- Wild Town 219 copies, 4 reviews
- Recoil 204 copies, 4 reviews
- The Criminal 198 copies, 3 reviews
- Bad Boy 188 copies, 2 reviews
- Cropper's Cabin 183 copies, 2 reviews
- Texas by the Tail 172 copies, 2 reviews
- South of Heaven 168 copies, 2 reviews
- Now and On Earth 162 copies, 1 review
- Roughneck 157 copies, 2 reviews
- The Rip-Off 156 copies, 2 reviews
- The Golden Gizmo 145 copies
- The Transgressors 113 copies, 1 review
- Heed the Thunder 107 copies, 2 reviews
- King Blood 93 copies, 1 review
- Paths of Glory [1957 film] (Screenwriter) 85 copies, 4 reviews
- Jim Thompson Omnibus: "Killer Inside Me", "Pop 1280","The Grifters","The… 75 copies
- Fireworks: The Lost Writings 72 copies, 1 review
- The Killing [1956 film] (Screenwriter) 52 copies, 4 reviews
- Hardcore 43 copies
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James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.
Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the late-1940s through mid-1950s. Despite some positive critical notice, notably by Anthony Boucher in the New York Times, he was little-recognized in his lifetime. Only after death did Thompson's literary stature grow, when in the late 1980s, several novels were re-published in the Black Lizard series of re-discovered crime fiction.
Thompson's writing culminated in a few of his best-regarded works: The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman and Pop. 1280. In these works, Thompson turned the derided pulp genre into literature and art, featuring unreliable narrators, odd structure, and surrealism.
The writer R.V. Cassills has suggested that of all pulp fiction, Thompson's was the rawest and most harrowing; that neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler nor even Horace McCoy, author of the bleak They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, ever "wrote a book within miles of Thompson".  Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompson's work because "The guy was over the top. The guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didn't know the meaning of the word stop. There are three brave lets inherent in the forgoing: he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it."
Thompson admired Fyodor Dostoevsky and was nicknamed "Dimestore Dostoevsky" by writer Geoffrey O'Brien. Film director Stephen Frears, who directed an adaptation of Thompson's The Grifters as 1990's The Grifters, also identified elements of Greek tragedy in his themes.
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