Along with the four Grubers I mentioned in another post, I
found four Jim Thompson reprints by Mysterious Press. Can
anyone tell me if any of these are any good: Kill-Off,
Rip-Off, Golden Gizmo and the autobiographical Bad Boy
(although isn't he supposed to have take great liberties with
I also bought End of the Primitive by Chester Himes. Jim
Sallis recently praised this one highly. I had a copy of The
Primitive, but I decided to wait until I found this Old
School Books printing of the uncut version. I'm looking
forward to this. They also had a Thunder Mouth reprint of
Himes's If He Hollers, Let Him Go. Anyone know if this book
was cut on its original appearance (I have an old paperback
of this, too)?
Finally, I picked up a cheap copy of William McIlvanney's
Laidlaw for a friend, an ex-pat Scot, who is sad she has run
out of Rankin's Rebus novels. I really liked the Laidlaw
books when I read them back when. Rebus reminded me a lot of
them when I first read Rankin. I may have to re-read this
before I pass it on (easier than digging out my copy in a
box). Are Mclvanney's other books recommended (not that I've
ever seen any of them in the states)?
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