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"I was going to catch hell whatever I did. I might as well try to enjoy myself."

--Jim Thompson

At thirteen Jim Thompson was learning how to smoke cigars and ogle burlesque girls under the tutelage of his profane grandfather. A few years later, he was bellhopping at a hotel in Fort Worth, where he supplemented his income peddling bootleg out of the package room. He shuddered out the DTs as a watchman on a West Texas oil pipeline. He outraged teachers, cheated mobsters, and almost got himself beaten to death by a homicidal sheriff's deputy. And somewhere along the way, Thompson became one of the greatest crime writers America has ever known.

In this uproarious autobiographical tale, the author of After Dark, My Sweet and Pop. 1280 tells the story of his chaotic coming of age and reveals just where he acquired his encyclopedic knowledge of human misbehavior. Bad Boy is a bawdy, brawling book of reprobates--and an unfettered portrait of a writer growing up in the Southwest of the Roaring Twenties.

Synopsis:

Rich, bawdy and savage, this is the story of master suspense novelist Jim Thompson's life. Uncompromising and forthright like its author, Bad Boy delivers all the indelicate details of Thompson's tumultuous youth. "My favorite crime novelist . . ".--Stephen King. Fine.

About the Author

(1906 - 1977) James Meyers 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 wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films “The Killing” and “Paths of Glory”). An outstanding crime writer, the world of his fiction is rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, Thompsons work at its best is both philosophical and experimental. 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).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700309
Author:
Thompson, Jim
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
Men's Adventure
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Violence -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.05 x 5.2 x .45 in .5 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » Literary
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z

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Product details 208 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375700309 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Rich, bawdy and savage, this is the story of master suspense novelist Jim Thompson's life. Uncompromising and forthright like its author, Bad Boy delivers all the indelicate details of Thompson's tumultuous youth. "My favorite crime novelist . . ".--Stephen King. Fine.
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