Re: RARA-AVIS: Jim Thompson stinkers

From: Bob Toomey (
Date: 16 Apr 2000

Tribe wrote:
> I think that Jim Thompson has the same place in the hardboiled (or noir)
> that Philip K. Dick had to scifi. I mean that as a good thing.
> But man, could they both write stinkers!

Exactly right. Two writers of brilliant paperback originals who didn't get their due until they passed on. And both were like the little girl with the curl on her forehead: when they were good they were very good and when they were bad they were horrid.

Of the two, I would rate Dick as the more important and influential writer, and the one whose reputation is most likely to continue to grow.


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