Well, they are all gone now, but me: all those clear-eyed, clear-thinking people--people with their heads in the clouds and their feet firmly on the ground--who comprise the editorial staff of the Pacific City 'Courier'. Warmed into the knowledge of a day's work well done, they have retired to their homes. They have fled to the sweet refuge of their families, to the welcoming arms of brave little women and the joyous embrace of laughing kiddies. And with them has gone the clearest-eyed, clearest thinking of them all, Dave Randall, none other than the 'Courier's city editor." (from the first line)
|After a wartime injury leaves him with a bitter and incomplete life, Clinton Brown turns to drinking and then to the destruction of those who make the mistake of invading his lonely world, as his sole consolation. Reprint. *Author: Thompson, Jim *Series Title: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard *Publication Date: 1997/10/15 *Number of Pages: 224 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.50|
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"If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich could have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it. "--Washington Post Clinton Brown is smart, good-looking, and the best rewrite man on the Pacific City Courier. The wife he divorced is still in love with him, as is the alluring and well-heeled widow who will do anything to make him happy. But Brown is missing something, and without that one thing theres no possibility of happiness--no possibility of anything but knocking back the booze and punishing anyone foolish enough to try to take away his loneliness. What Clinton Brown lacks may be enough to make him murder.Is Brown a killer or the victim of a sadistic frame-up? And if hes innocent, why is he so intent on being caught? Deviously plotted, fearfully acquainted with the psychology of rage and guilt, The Nothing Man is further proof of Jim Thompson's mastery of the crime genre.The author of such classics as The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night and Pop 1280 creates a brilliantly original novel of suspense that portrays the bitter, corroding impact of lost manhood on a sensitive and generous man. Fine.After a wartime injury leaves him with a bitter and incomplete life, Clinton Brown turns to drinking as his sole consolation and then to the destruction of those who make the mistake of invading his lonely worldAfter a wartime injury leaves him with a bitter and incomplete life, Clinton Brown turns to drinking and then to the destruction of those who make the mistake of invading his lonely world, as his sole consolation. Reprint.
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.