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Dr. Peter S. Murphy runs a clinic to cure alcoholics. But his charges believe that the only thing that will fix them is another drink. To this bitter struggle of wills, add an orderly who doubles as a quack practitioner, a nurse who is both alluring and ingeniously sadistic, and a misplaced patient whose main problem is his lack of a frontal lobe, and the result is one of Jim Thompson's most harrowingly funny yet deeply sympathetic novels.

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(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).

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lukas, January 10, 2008 (view all comments by lukas)
Dial "h" for hardboiled. The prolific pulp novelist Jim Thompson wrote some of the rawest and meanest crime novles of the 50s, including "The Grifters" and "After Dark, My Sweet." He switches it up a little here, preserving his lean, visceral style, but leaving the crime plots for a story set in a hospital for alcoholics. A cynical doctor presides over a freak's gallery of patients & employees-a hot nurse with a stutter, a lobotomized millionaire, soused writers, military men, and publishers. All itching for just one more drink. . .or one more thrill!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679733133
Author:
Thompson, Jim
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Alcoholics
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Hard-boiled
Subject:
Alcoholics -- Fiction.
Subject:
Black humor
Subject:
Black humor (Literature)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19930131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.00x5.21x.35 in. .32 lbs.

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