Bio: Jim Thompson, one of the great masters of noir fiction, was born in 1906
in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He sold his first story to the True Detective at
the age of fourteen and went on to write twenty-nine novels, dozens of
short stories and two screenplays. THE KILLER INSIDE ME represents the
classic crime novel and is the one for which Thompson is best known.
The film version of the novel was produced in 1975 by MGM, directed by
Burt Kennedy. Other films based on Jim Thompson novels include The
Grifters, The Getaway, Coup de Torchon (POP. 1280), Serie Noire (A Hell
of a Woman, and After Dark, My Sweet).
Tommy Carver was a raw nerve, an angry young Okie sharecropper. Sharing the narrow confines of a hot and steamy cabin with a violent father. But his stepmother was the one that was really pushing his buttons. And her affections were way beyond maternal. The heat of the situation was making Tommy boil over. It was just a matter of time before he'd do something he regretted.
The life insurance money--wasn't that reason enough for Ardis Clinton to kill her husband? That and his annoying neglect of his loving. But Ardis has the plan--with her dimwitted boyfriend and a meat cleaver she'll be on easy street. But sometimes the best laid plans of mice and unfaithful women often go astray.
Joe Wilmot has the nicest movie theatre in his area. Sure it wasn't a major city, but it was something he had built up. The Barclay Theatre still carries his wife's maiden name, but it didn't bother him much--not too much at all. His wife Elizabeth was always fouling things up and Joe was always fixing things. Sure, a few people lost out in their dealing with Joe, but what the hey, this was business. And one thing Joe had learned growing up in the orphanage was that you got to look out for numbe... more info>>