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I don't understand the don't' bother review. this is a very good JT. one of my favorites. I'm enjoying all the JTs that are popping up and have to say the Getaway is dropping down my JT list as I get more of these. and it's not like these are tedious slogs, they are quick moving and short enough to listen to quickly in a day or so. i thought this had a great scene at the end and I could see it as a film.
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I’m a fairly big Jim Thompson fan. I admire his writing. And there are moments of good writing in this book. In fact, there are moments where his genius is on full display. I like that his stories often are full of unlikeable, ambiguous characters, unreliable narrators and scenes where characters you either did or didn’t like betray your judgments.
I don’t want to spoil the story here, so I’m being vague. The plot unravels a bit like an onion with layers unfolding a little at a time. But the problem is, the problems, winds up being it’s not worth it in the end. The main character is annoying from the get go. The sensibility of the time period Thompson wrote thing story makes it so the other characters, the regular people, are phony seeming or also unlikeable just in terms of being surely reflections of how people back then liked to see themselves rather than interesting characters.
The ending, without spoiling, is so pedantic and moralistic as to be laughable. I have to assume this wasn’t Thompson’s idea but the publisher’s. Given some of the weird things happening before hand, I can’t think this is the ending Thompson wanted. It comes off very much like a bad episode of The Fugitive (a show I really like). Though I give Thompson points for being somewhat subtle about it (the love story aspect anyway). I also like how some of the bad guys don’t even realize they’re the bad guys and talk themselves to believing their motives are different than they are.
There is a good novel in this story. Maybe it’s lost to the times. Maybe if Thompson were alive to redo the story it would be a lot better. Unfortunately, this books s for Jim Thompson and noir fans only. People who will forgive the glaring flaws.
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