Savage Night

Savage Night

Book - 1991
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Is Carl Bigelow a fresh-faced college kid looking for a room, or is he a poised hit man tracking down his victim? And if Carl is really two people, what about everyone around him? Savage Night is Thompson at his best, with plot reversals and nightmarish shifts of identity.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991
Edition: 1st Vintage crimeBlack Lizard ed
ISBN: 9780679733102
0679733108
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY THOMPSON
Characteristics: 149 p. ; 21 cm

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Like Oates, there are a handful of titles written by Thompson that could be featured here. Here he is at his best: dialogue, p.o.v. narration, tone, and bubbling tension. Proceed without caution.


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jimg2000
Apr 08, 2015

Warning - SPOILER ALERT:

We never talked about anything much because we were cut off from everything, and after a while everything was said that we could say and it would have been like talking to yourself. So we talked less and less, and pretty soon we were hardly talking at all. And then we weren't talking at all. Just grunting and gesturing and pointing at things.

BEWARE OF WILD GOATS "The Way of the Trespasser is Hard"

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2015

"but that didn't make it any better for him. He had to work in the mines, and when a man has to do something he does it. But that doesn't make it any easier. You might even say it was twice as hard that way. You're not brave or noble or unselfish or any of the things a man likes to think he is. You're just a cornered rat, and you start acting like one."

The Man controls race tracks-but he supports anti-racetrack legislation. He can prove that he's supported it, and you can't prove that he controls the tracks. He controls distilleries- but can you prove it?-and he supports temperance movements. He controls loan companies-controls the men who control them-and he backs anti-loan-shark laws.

"Man is forced to give up so much of his dignity by the mere exigencies of existence. It seems to me that he should cling sturdily to the few shreds that are left to him."

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2015

There was something sad about it, something that reminded me of bald-headed men who comb their side hair across the top.

He'd hit the nail right on the head. Jake Winroy couldn't be murdered. At least he couldn't be murdered in a way that looked like murder.

All the jack he'd made in the rackets was gone. The state had latched onto part of it and the federal government had taken another big bite, and lawyers had eaten up the rest. All he had was his wife, and the dope was that he couldn't get a kind word out of her, let alone anything else.

With a dame like her, if she really liked you, you could practically throw away the brakes.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2015

First published in 1953 and I wonder why the church then did not picket bookstores that carried novels like this with over the top violent erotic insane themes that featured plotting twisted killers. The best review I have seen is from https://swiftlytiltingplanet.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/savage-night-by-jim-thompson/

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