The Grifters, by Jim Thompson

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7 Responses to “The Grifters, by Jim Thompson”

  1. knoxblox says:

    When you’re done with the novel, Donald E. Westlake’s second screenplay draft at Screenplays for You is a good read as well.

    It’s very interesting to see how (in this case) a screenplay comes into a production, and is stripped of its true essence by directors, or producers, or whomever else gets their grimy hands on it. I’d really like to know how it all went down when Scorsese picked Stephen Frears to direct. Frears is a quality director, but has never really been good at suppressing the urge to try to inject humor into his work at times when it isn’t truly warranted.

  2. noah django says:

    An excellent book.  I loved the movie but the novel was better.  Both for the standard reason that novel>movie, but also the setting; the story seems more tied to the time it was written than the 80s.  I really ought to read more Thompson.  Recommendations?

    • tomrigid says:

      I’m a big fan of Texas By the Tail, which is light and fluffy for a Jim Thompson book. At the other end, Pop. 1280 is stunning, with a great movie (Coup de Torchon) to go along.

  3. All that you can get your hands on. I discovered Thompson in the late 80s when Black Lizard reissued some of his out of print novels. They are all terrific.

  4. Halloween_Jack says:

    He’s on the author list–heck, I’m just starting to get caught up with Westlake (I’ve been getting Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novel adaptation of the Parker books, and also just started The Hot Rock).

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  6. I had a Thompson fad about 20 years ago and read all I could, but this book stood out. 

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