Savage Night

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Orion, Jul 22, 2010 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Another brilliantly dark tale from the noir master

Under the guise of a college student, Carl Bigelow moves into a small town and into the life of Jake Winroy, a one-time crook who now plans to testify against an organized crime figure. The tricky thing is to kill Jake without making it look like a hit. But Jake's wife is more than willing to help Carl with anything he requires...

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User Review  - mstrust - LibraryThing

Carl Bigelow arrives in the small college town of Peardale and finds there's a problem with the room he has rented in the Winroy house. First, the Winroy's have a bad reputation, secondly, Mrs. Winroy ... Read full review

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User Review  - trivigo - LibraryThing

I read this having heard that it was one of his top two (along with Killer Inside Me) but I didn't like it nearly as much as his other stuff. I think this is largely because the main character SOUNDS ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jim Thompson (1906-1977) was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. After an itinerant childhood during which his sheriff father was driven from office for embezzlement; and as a roughneck in the Texan oil fields of the 1920s, Thompson became successful as a writer with the pulp fiction houses of the 1950s, writing a dozen of his more enduring novels in just 19 months. Among his many novels are The Killer Inside Me, The Grifters, The Getaway and After Dark, My Sweet. He also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory). Pop. 1280 was an acclaimed French film under the title Coup de Torchon.

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