Re: RARA-AVIS: Jim Thompson, Himes McIlvanney

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 04 Aug 2004

Jeff responded to my question about a few thompson reprintsI had picked up:

"Bad Boy is great. Read it as if it were a novel. I think it's a prequel to Roughneck. Kill-Off and Rip-Off are good--not great--if you're a fan of Thompson. Golden Gizmo (along with King Blood) is probably the worse novel Thompson ever wrote. It's just plain bizarre. If Thompson ever was a junky, this would have been the fruits of that period. It features a talking dog. Need I say more? Maybe if you read it as some kind of twisted Beat literature, it works at some level . . ."

Call me perverse, but this makes Golden Gizmo sound intriguing. I may have to start with that one. Right now I'm reading Babylon 8, which is sahping up nicely. Another book I found out about here.


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