Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: James M. Cain

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 30 Sep 2007

  I haven't been taking part in the Cain discussion, but I'm going to put in my two cents on which Thompson books to read. Try After Dark, My Sweet and The Getaway. They're both quite good, although quite different. After Dark is classic noir. The Getaway is a heist novel, that takes a crazy ass turn at the end.

On 9/30/07, Chuck <> wrote:
> Please recommend a couple Jim Thompsons to me.
> I have read only _The Killer Inside Me._
> --- In <>, "Dave
> Zeltserman" <dz@...> wrote:
> >
> > Richard, about the speed in which Jim Thompson turned out books, I
> > remember reading somewhere how he'd check into a hotel for a weekend
> > with a typewriter and whip out a book, so yeah, I don't think he's a
> > good example for someone who was more contemplative with his writing. I
> > also agree with you that you can't judge the quality of a book by how
> > long it took to write it. Btw. My own opinion--the lesser Jim Thompson
> > novels are still pretty damn good.
> >
> > --Dave Zeltserman
> >

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