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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Bob Walter Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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By the time Jim Thompson was sixteen years old, he had been a newspaper boy, a burlesque show hawker, a plumber's helper, a comedian in two-reel pictures, a night bellboy in a luxury hotel and over a dozen other occupations. By the time he was eighteen, he was driving across America in a broken-down Ford without a penny to his name and his mother and his kid sister Freddie in tow, looking for just one more paycheck to keep them all alive.

A bittersweet comedy of a hard-won American life, ROUGHNECK chronicles the many jobs, near-criminal escapades, and downright unlawful grifts of the man who would become one of crime fiction's most enduring writers, in a larger-than-life literary memoir--or wildly entertaining tall tale--as only Thompson could tell it. Hard times have never sounded so good. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gerard Milewski | 12/1/2013

    " The only thing better than his novels, which are universally enjoyable, is reading this autobiography and realizing that his real life was far more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arpad Lep | 11/27/2013

    " this is the semi-true semi-passed on autobio bio book. read this after you are done reading thompson books, because it kind of has the seeds for a lot of his other books in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Raegan Butcher | 8/27/2013

    " Sequel to "Bad Boy" following the author's years as an oilfield worker, among other things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Reger "Muddy" Dipling | 4/26/2013

    " Second autobiography of Jim Thompson. "

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