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The Grifters

Thompson, Jim

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Grifters
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"To his friends, to his coworkers, and even to his mistress Moira, Roy Dillon is an honest hardworking salesman. He lives in a cheap hotel just within his pay bracket. He goes to work every day. He has hundreds of friends and associates who could attest to his good character. Yet, hidden behind three gaudy clown paintings in Roy's pallid hotel room, sits fifty-two thousand dollars--the money Roy makes from his short cons, his "grifting." For years, Roy has effortlessly maintained control over his house-of-cards life--until the simplest con goes wrong, and he finds himself critically injured and at the mercy of the most dangerous woman he ever met: his own mother. THE GRIFTERS, one of the best novels ever written about the art of the con, is an ingeniously crafted story of deception and betrayal that was the basis for Stephen Frears' and Martin Scorsese's critically-acclaimed film of the same name"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Edition: First Mulholland Books paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1963
ISBN: 0316404055
9780316404051
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY THOMPSON 2014
Characteristics: x, 201 pages ;,21 cm

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This story of a con man, his mother, and his girlfriend, and the ways in which they prey on each other features two three handed women for the ages!

In Los Angeles County a family of swindlers stab one another in the back. And then do it again. Brutal people, brutally dark writing.


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Jun 20, 2013
  • beforetoday rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Unsettling, but manageable. I avoided reading the end of this close to my bedtime, I'll admit. I was very satisfied overall.

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