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Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781611137316

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William “Kid” Collins was once a respected boxer. Now he’s a drifter, on the run after escaping from a mental institution.

One afternoon he meets Fay, a beautiful young widow. She is smart and decent—at least when she’s sober.

Soon Collins finds himself involved in a kidnapping scheme that goes drastically wrong almost before it even begins. Because the kid they’ve picked up isn’t like other kids: he’s diabetic and without insulin, he’ll die. Not the safest situation for Collins, a man for whom stress and violence have long gone hand-in-hand.

After Dark, My Sweet once again displays Jim Thompson as the undisputed master of American noir. The basis of James Foley’s critically acclaimed film of the same name, with the sweep of an epic tragedy, Thompson’s classic limns the dangerous territory of honest people all-too-easily sucked into wickedness, with no way out but down.

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  • If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich would have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it...His work...casts a dazzling light on the human condition.

    - Washington Post
  • Like Clint Eastwood's pictures it's the stuff for rednecks, truckers, failures, psychopaths and professors ... one of the finest American writers and the most frightening, [Thompson] is on best terms with the devil. Read Jim Thompson and take a tour of hell.

    - The New Republic
  • The master of the American groin-kick novel.

    - Vanity Fair
  • The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction.

    - Chicago Tribune
  • Thompson's work is often categorized as hard- boiled and violent but there's a depth to it that takes it beyond pulp fiction. After Dark, My Sweet is well worth seeking out.”

    - Manchester Evening News
  • The best suspense writer going, bar none.

    - The New York Times
  • My favorite crime novelist-often imitated but never duplicated.

    - Stephen King
  • “Published as part of the Crime Masterworks series, this reissue showcases one of Thompson's greatest criminal treasures.”

    - Good Book Guide

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About the Author

Jim Thompson (1906–1977) was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. He eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals, and two screenplays, for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory. An outstanding crime writer, he created a world of fiction rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, he was both philosophical and experimental. Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir such as The Killer inside Me, After Dark My Sweet, and The Grifters.

About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins, an Audie Award–winning audiobook narrator, is an actor, singer, recording artist, and director who can be seen off Broadway, on television, and in films.