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Author photo. Jim Thompson nr.1 Foto: Sharon Thompson Reed

Jim Thompson nr.1 Foto: Sharon Thompson Reed

Jim Thompson (1) [1906–1977]

This page covers the author of The Killer Inside Me.

For other authors named Jim Thompson, see the disambiguation page.

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The Killer Inside Me 2,109 copies, 71 reviews
Pop. 1280 1,085 copies, 25 reviews
The Grifters 1,037 copies, 20 reviews
The Getaway 785 copies, 13 reviews
After Dark, My Sweet 615 copies, 11 reviews
A Hell of a Woman 546 copies, 8 reviews
Savage Night 420 copies, 6 reviews
A Swell-Looking Babe 370 copies, 6 reviews
Nothing More Than Murder 306 copies, 7 reviews
The Kill-Off 271 copies, 2 reviews
The Nothing Man 263 copies, 3 reviews
The Alcoholics 248 copies, 5 reviews
Wild Town 242 copies, 5 reviews
Recoil 233 copies, 4 reviews
The Criminal 230 copies, 3 reviews
Bad Boy 216 copies, 2 reviews
Cropper's Cabin 211 copies, 1 review
Texas by the Tail 196 copies, 3 reviews
South of Heaven 192 copies, 2 reviews
Now and On Earth 188 copies, 1 review
Roughneck 179 copies, 5 reviews
The Rip-Off 174 copies, 3 reviews
The Golden Gizmo 168 copies, 1 review
Paths of Glory [1957 film] (Screenwriter) 139 copies, 5 reviews
The Transgressors 127 copies, 5 reviews
Heed the Thunder 117 copies, 2 reviews
King Blood 115 copies, 1 review
Fireworks: The Lost Writings 78 copies, 1 review
The Killing [1956 film] (Screenwriter) 77 copies, 4 reviews
Hardcore 47 copies
Child of Rage 47 copies
Ironside 26 copies, 2 reviews
Vita da niente 12 copies
Forever After 6 copies
Vite in gioco 5 copies
Oltre il buio 4 copies
Nothing but a man 1 copy, 1 review
ROMANZI 1 copy
Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s (Contributor) 446 copies, 5 reviews
The Best American Noir of the Century (Contributor) 279 copies, 6 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (Contributor) 213 copies, 3 reviews
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Author photo, some editions) 168 copies, 12 reviews
Hardboiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (Contributor) 167 copies, 6 reviews
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (Contributor) 68 copies, 2 reviews
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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". [1] 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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