After Dark, My Sweet

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Little, Brown, Nov 1, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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William "Kid" Collins was once a respected boxer. Now he's a drifter, on the run after escaping from a mental institution.

One afternoon he meets Fay, a beautiful young widow. She is smart and decent--at least when she's sober.

Soon Collins finds himself involved in a kidnapping scheme that goes drastically wrong almost before it even begins. Because the kid they've picked up isn't like other kids: he's diabetic and without insulin, he'll die. Not the safest situation for Collins, a man for whom stress and violence have long gone hand-in-hand.

After Dark, My Sweet once again displays Jim Thompson as the undisputed master of American noir. The basis of James Foley's critically acclaimed film of the same name, with the sweep of an epic tragedy, Thompson's classic limns the dangerous territory of honest people all-too-easily sucked into wickedness, with no way out but down.
 

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User Review  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

A "crazy" ex-fighter hooks up with an alcoholic "dolly" and they get involved in kidnapping a young boy. Lots of mumbly dialogue and scattered ramblings, but the ending is pretty good! And I love the last line - "I Just kind of stopped all over." Read full review

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

An excellent noir story of a kidnapping gone bad. Kid Collins is a former boxer, felon, and escaped mental patient who gets involved with a woman and a bad situation. He's an intriguing character - a ... Read full review

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Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also co-wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory"). Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).

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