Bad Boy (Paperback)

Author: Thompson, Jim

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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.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375700309
SKU 30052359
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375700307
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 5.5H x 8L x 0.75T
Author Info
Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson always bragged that he was born in a prison. Actually, he was born in an apartment above the prison, in a town where his father was sheriff. Thompson sold his first short story to "True Detective" when he was just 14, and continued writing for the rest of his life. He is known for his dark and violent vision, and his cynical view of human nature. Although he had limited commercial success in his lifetime, the popularity of his books soared in the years after his death, and several of his books, including "The Grifters", "The Getaway" and "After Dark, My Sweet", became major motion pictures.
Praise
"Jim Thompson is the best suspense writer going, bar none."
"I was going to catch hell whatever I did. I might as well try to enjoy myself."
From the Publisher
Editors Note 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.
Editors Note 1 An autobiographical tale of the life of underappreciated crime novelist Jim Thompson details his rich and bawdy youth
Editors Note 2 "I was going to catch hell whatever I did. I might as well try to enjoy myself." --Jim ThompsonAt 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.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0208
Publisher Vintage Books
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