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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Jim Thompson (1906 - 1977)

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James Myers Thompson (September 27, 1906, Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory–April 7, 1977, Los Angeles, California) was an American writer of short stories, screenplays and novels, largely of the pulp fiction kind.

Thompson was best-known for his novels, of which he wrote more than thirty. Most of his output occurred between the late 1940s and mid 1950s. Despite some positive reviews (the writer and critic Anthony Boucher, for example, reviewed many of Thompson's novels in the New York Times), Thompson was little recognized during his lifetime. His stature grew only after his death, when, in the late 1980s several of his novels were republished in the Black Lizard series of rediscovered crime fiction. Thompson was an admirer of Fyodor Dostoevsky and was nicknamed "Dimestore Dostoevsky" by writer Geoffrey O'Brien. Film director Stephen Frears, who filmed The Grifters, also identified elements of Greek tragedy [1] in his themes.

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