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Thompson, Jim 1906-1977

Works: 232 works in 1,207 publications in 18 languages and 20,727 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction  Film and video adaptations  Motion pictures  War films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Creator, Contributor, Author of dialog, Conceptor, Actor
Classifications: PS3539.H6733, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Jim Thompson
Paths of glory by Stanley Kubrick( visu )
42 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,209 libraries worldwide
The desolation, cynicism, and futility of war are embodied in this film based on a novel that took as its subject a real incident from World War I. Three innocent French soldiers are tried and convicted of cowardice, after their battalion fails to take a heavily fortified German position. Colonel Dax, a lawyer in civilian life, attempts to defend the men, who were chosen by a random drawing of lots. The General Staff, comfortable and safe behind the lines, demands they be executed to inspire the troops remaining in the trenches. Critical of the military hierarchy, and the class divisions that inspire the antipathy of common soldiers for the officer class, the film is renowned for its depiction of the callous treatment of the condemned men, taking their lives in so arbitrary a fashion
The killing by Stanley Kubrick( visu )
19 editions published between 1956 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,292 libraries worldwide
A group of small-time crooks plan a daring race-track robbery --but their well-laid plans go awry
The killer inside me by Jim Thompson( Book )
63 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 989 libraries worldwide
Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again
The grifters by Jim Thompson( Book )
60 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 937 libraries worldwide
Story of a con man, his mother, and his girlfriend, and the ways in which they prey on each other
The grifters by Stephen Frears( visu )
27 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 756 libraries worldwide
Three con artists walk on the razor's edge of life. Lilly has decided it's time to get out, and wants her son out, too. But Roy has fallen for sleek Myra, who wants him for her partner
The getaway by Jim Thompson( Book )
80 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 728 libraries worldwide
Doc McCoy knows everything there is to know about pulling off the perfect bank job. But there are some things he has forgotten--such as a partner who is not only treacherous but insane and a wife who is still an amateur. Worst of all, McCoy has forgotten that when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway
Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson( Book )
51 editions published between 1964 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 578 libraries worldwide
Sheriff Nick Corey of Potts County, is a simple man, but when he is pushed to far he becomes a killer or makes other people do his killings
Now and on earth by Jim Thompson( file )
9 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in English and held by 534 libraries worldwide
America's low-key high priest of human vice and violently wounded psyches, Jim Thompson emerged from the darkness with this his first novel. Now and On Earth is proof that Thompson has always been the bleak and compassionate teller of tawdry terror that critics and fans have come to treasure. Amid the fresh landscape and smooth illusions of wartime California a young bellboy is tipped into a world too rich in corruption. A lonely down-and-out writer tries to finish just one more book before the bottle finishes him off first. A worn out and tumbling Okie family, displaced and depressed, tries to hold on to the coarse edge of destruction at the end of the road. Thompson takes these characters and imbues them with a disgruntled grace and disillusion that perfectly echoes the dark sinking sensation that American prosperity was built on
Savage night by Jim Thompson( Book )
34 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 503 libraries worldwide
Carl is a hit man with an impossible job. This handsome hoodlum has his hands full with a double-crossing mistress, a drunk target and a meddlesome old man with nonstop advice
A hell of a woman by Jim Thompson( Book )
27 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 492 libraries worldwide
A Hell of a Woman is Jim Thompson's homegrown version of Crime and Punishment. It is a novel utterly devoid of sentiment, where a murderer goes about his deadly business without a prayer of redemption
Heed the thunder by Jim Thompson( Book )
16 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 462 libraries worldwide
In the rural town of Verdon, Nebraska, in the early days of the 20th century, you can't go ten feet without running into one of the Fargos. So, Grant Fargo argues to his grandfather Lincoln, it's perfectly all right that he's desperately in love with his first cousin, Bella-she's the only source of intelligent conversation for miles, and in a town like Verdon, it would be hard not to end up with a relative of one kind or another. Before it all plays out, men will be murdered, jailed, tarred and feathered or worse, and while everyone in the Fargo clan would kill for the family deeds, God might just end up with them instead. In HEED THE THUNDER, one of Thompson's earlier works, Thompson's signature style collides with a sweeping picaresque of the American prairie, in a multigenerational saga that's one part Steinbeck, two parts Dostoyevsky, and all Jim Thompson
After dark, my sweet by Jim Thompson( Book )
14 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 454 libraries worldwide
Trouble waits around the corner when the very handsome, polite, and friendly William Collins, a man who is also very easily aroused, breaks out of his fourth mental institution and falls in with a con man and a woman of ill repute
Nothing more than murder by Jim Thompson( Book )
28 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 395 libraries worldwide
"Joe Wilmot can't stand his wife Elizabeth. But he sure loves her movie theater. It's a modest establishment in a beat-down town--but Joe has the run of the place, and inside its walls, he's king. Without the theater, he'd be sunk. Without his leadership, the theater would close in a heartbeat. If it isn't the life Joe imagined for himself, at the very least, it's livable. Everything changes when Joe falls for the housemaid Carol, and the two can't keep it a secret from Elizabeth. Elizabeth won't leave Joe the theater unless he provides for her...but he's put all his money into the show house. Carol and Joe's only hope is the life insurance policies they've taken out on each other. If one of them were to be presumed dead, they'd have more than enough money to solve all their problems... No one knows murder better than Jim Thompson and in this incisive foray into the dark dealings of the mid-20th century movie industry, he doesn't disappoint, in the riveting story of a love triangle gone horribly wrong, and just how far one man will go to hold on to a desperate dream"--
Hardcore : 3 novels by Jim Thompson( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
A swell-looking babe by Jim Thompson( Book )
27 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 358 libraries worldwide
The Manton looks like a respectable hotel. Dusty Rhodes looks like a selfless young man working as a bellhop. And the woman in 1004 looks like an angel. But sometimes looks can kill, as Jim Thompson demonstrates in this vision of the crime novel as gothic
The kill-off by Jim Thompson( Book )
25 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 301 libraries worldwide
Luane Devore, a hated gossip, is murdered by one of her many enemies
The getaway by Sam Peckinpah( visu )
37 editions published between 1972 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 256 libraries worldwide
Doc McCoy, an imprisoned master thief, is paroled with the assistance of a corrupt politician in return for masterminding a multi-million dollar heist. Once free, McCoy and his wife find themselves in a hornet's nest of double crosses as they try to reach the Mexican border
The rip-off by Jim Thompson( Book )
13 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 241 libraries worldwide
Britt Rainstar's life takes a turn when he meets the beautiful, rich and possibly homicidal Manuela Aloe
The nothing man by Jim Thompson( Book )
9 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in English and held by 225 libraries worldwide
Rage and guilt has either driven alcoholic newspaperman Clinton Brown to commit murder, or it has made him the victim of a sadistic frame-up
Bad boy by Jim Thompson( Book )
14 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 221 libraries worldwide
The author "tells the story of his chaotic coming of age and reveals just where he acquired his encyclopedic knowledge of human misbehavior."--Cover
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Alternative Names
Thompson, James Myers
Thompson James Myers 1906-1977
Thompson, Jim
トンプスン, ジム
トンプソン, ジム
English (403)
French (113)
Spanish (48)
German (29)
Japanese (19)
Italian (17)
Basque (14)
Catalan (12)
Dutch (7)
Polish (5)
Finnish (3)
Galician (3)
Chinese (3)
Serbian (1)
Russian (1)
Swedish (1)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (1)
Multiple languages (1)
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