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Extended Audio Sample The Grifters, by Jim Thompson Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.99980663780664 out of 53.99980663780664 out of 53.99980663780664 out of 53.99980663780664 out of 53.99980663780664 out of 5 4.00 (3,465 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/12/2014

    " I didn't like this story at all. It could be because I read it over the course of a couple of weeks at various doctor's appointments, so there was some anxiety happening already, but it was just...depressing and not cool. I really wanted more--I felt like there were entire characters who did nothing, who were never fleshed out past one depressing episode, and others who we got WAY TOO MUCH about. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott Ford | 2/10/2014

    " My favorite Texan writer. Jim Thompson understood a world of con-artists and petty theives, and the complicated lives they led. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wils Cain | 2/10/2014

    " I loved the movie from the 80s and someone recommended the book to me. The book is set in the 60s and seems to fit that atmosphere much better. It's a great twisted story although I wouldn't classify it as suspenseful as the book cover does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pdxjackie | 1/26/2014

    " The jacket of the copy I read claimed the book to be, "Strong Meat," and I couldn't put it better myself. "

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