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I ve enjoyed Thompson s books before, but I couldn t engage with The Transgressors The plot felt floaty, the characters roughly drawn The final forty pages saw it hang together a littlesuccinctly, but by that stage it had become merely a page turner and that wasn t enough Lord is a typical Thompson protagonist, but his shifts in attitude feltlike a device rather than anything firm in character and the twang of his language was kinda annoying One of those books which feels lik I ve enjoyed Thompson s books before, but I couldn t engage with The Transgressors The plot felt floaty, the characters roughly drawn The final forty pages saw it hang together a littlesuccinctly, but by that stage it had become merely a page turner and that wasn t enough Lord is a typical Thompson protagonist, but his shifts in attitude feltlike a device rather than anything firm in character and the twang of his language was kinda annoying One of those books which feels like a chore rather than a pleasure even when enjoying it Maybe C McCarthy has taken over my mental Texas landscape, but Thompson comes off as thin I need to check out The Killer Inside Me or whatever is considered to be The Thompson to read, because my experiments so far have me thinking he s rather weak Even within the genre, James Ellroy or El Leonard write circles around this guy Maybe that s unfair because Thompson came first Maybe it s also unfair having read the bio Savage Art , because whenever things start breaking down with the o Maybe C McCarthy has taken over my mental Texas landscape, but Thompson comes off as thin I need to check out The Killer Inside Me or whatever is considered to be The Thompson to read, because my experiments so far have me thinking he s rather weak Even within the genre, James Ellroy or El Leonard write circles around this guy Maybe that s unfair because Thompson came first Maybe it s also unfair having read the bio Savage Art , because whenever things start breaking down with the obvious plot twists and thin characters, I picture an Oklahoma born miserable drunk pecking away at just a fewkeys between sips And believe me, I have no issue with drunken writers But Bukowski, Chandler, Hemingway they all keep meengaged entertained.I appreciate what Thompson is trying to portray, but the sadism just comes off as crass bullying, the chauvanism never backed up by anything You d really have to hunt to findimplausible or despised female characters It s as if he has no real love for ANY of his own characters, good bad or otherwise Philip Dick or J G Ballard, for example, might use paper thin characters at times to unroll their plotsbut they somehow get the job done better than this.When my mind walks onto Thompson s set , usually within the first act I want yell This is unrealistic AND dull You re all fired, go home And get the f ing writer dried out again And yet there were enough substantial passages here and there that pulled me in enough to get the second star @Free Kindle é The Transgressors ì On the day he accidentally killed Aaron McBride, Tom Lord went from being a sheriff s deputy to a man awaiting execution Because if the law didn t punish him, his victim s widow or his shadowy business associates surely would Brilliant And it even has a view spoiler oh, sorry I really can t say You ll just have to read the book hide spoiler Brilliant And it even has a view spoiler oh, sorry I really can t say You ll just have to read the book hide spoiler Old Jim Thompson never met an adverb he didn t like As with all things historical, we must take into consideration the fact that Stephen King s anti adverb manifesto had not been written at the time Jim Thompson was writing so, can we judge him for his overuse of adverbs Only if we re halfwitsI give this book three stars because it s a little uneven and drags at a few points This book was I believe written around the same time as Thompson s masterpiece, Pop 1280, so it s confusing to me Old Jim Thompson never met an adverb he didn t like As with all things historical, we must take into consideration the fact that Stephen King s anti adverb manifesto had not been written at the time Jim Thompson was writing so, can we judge him for his overuse of adverbs Only if we re halfwitsI give this book three stars because it s a little uneven and drags at a few points This book was I believe written around the same time as Thompson s masterpiece, Pop 1280, so it s confusing to me as to how he could have written a less than gripping book at the same time I would also say things seem a little lazy in this one Whereas his conflicted, possibly insane protagonists in previous books were very well drawn, Tom Lord, the protagonist in this book, is never fully articulated in terms of personality Halfway through, he suddenly reveals to us that he s got two personalities Also, for a Jim Thompson book, the end is surprisingly optimistic.Another issue I had with this book was the constant switching of POVs Did writers pay strict attention to POV back then I think so I don t think there s an excuse for the sloppiness here This was written late in Thompson s career as a writer and I get the feeling he just threw it out there without much consideration.All that said, it s still a Jim Thompson book which means we still get his sense of humor and little social observations sprinkled in throughout that are, to this day, quite accurate.I would only recommend this one to Jim Thompson fans looking to make sure they ve read the entire library If you have not read any of his books before, start with Pop 1280 and see where that takes you This book is a sharp kick to the nuts.Thompson s prose is brutal He ll make you love the guy who s willing to beat a person to death out of principle This starts pretty rough It has elements that someone who read The Killer Inside Me would recognize It seems like it s going to be just the same as that but after about a fifth of the book it becomes a bitapparent that this is going to be it s own story.This is a book for people who think Hammett or Chandler were wimps. Jim Thompson is always worth the time However, some of his books hit the ribs and torso stronger than others While I enjoyed this one while reading it, the afterglow was briefer than classics like THE GRIFTERS, THE KILLER INSIDE, and AFTER DARK, MY SWEET The morally ambivalent main character, while enjoyable, isn t quite as sharply etched as others by Thompson but was still a good ride The classic Thompson trait of people doomed to play out the cards dealt to them is in abundant and fun evid Jim Thompson is always worth the time However, some of his books hit the ribs and torso stronger than others While I enjoyed this one while reading it, the afterglow was briefer than classics like THE GRIFTERS, THE KILLER INSIDE, and AFTER DARK, MY SWEET The morally ambivalent main character, while enjoyable, isn t quite as sharply etched as others by Thompson but was still a good ride The classic Thompson trait of people doomed to play out the cards dealt to them is in abundant and fun evidence here The supporting characters aren t quite up to classic either though I would like to have spenttime with the shy toothy deputy than some of the others Good but others are better Definitely not one of his better novels The first half is great, as it focuses on the different threads that make up the Highland Corporation, but the second half is such a slog I was so tired of the romance between Tom and Donna Just wasn t convincing It s telling that I wasinterested in the inter novel linkage that Joyce Lakewood s murder added and I realize she s Joyce Lakeland in The Killer Inside Me than the actual implications of her death in this novel Sub par Thompson over Definitely not one of his better novels The first half is great, as it focuses on the different threads that make up the Highland Corporation, but the second half is such a slog I was so tired of the romance between Tom and Donna Just wasn t convincing It s telling that I wasinterested in the inter novel linkage that Joyce Lakewood s murder added and I realize she s Joyce Lakeland in The Killer Inside Me than the actual implications of her death in this novel Sub par Thompson overall, but there are a few exquisite passages My dad used to hire this handyman out in Palm Springs who was from Texas or Arkansas and was kinda the stoic, surly type who quietly hated city people and used good, common horse sense in figuring people out When he perspired he smelled like Kentucky sour mash and you never felt comfortable around him because he wasn t smart enough to be subtle in his hatred of people in general Tom Lord, the main character in The Transgressors is exactly that kind of asshole There are lots of creeps like h My dad used to hire this handyman out in Palm Springs who was from Texas or Arkansas and was kinda the stoic, surly type who quietly hated city people and used good, common horse sense in figuring people out When he perspired he smelled like Kentucky sour mash and you never felt comfortable around him because he wasn t smart enough to be subtle in his hatred of people in general Tom Lord, the main character in The Transgressors is exactly that kind of asshole There are lots of creeps like him in real life, and Jim Thompson excellently hits the nail on the head at describing this kind of shithead in perfect detail Imagine a Gary Cooper type meat puppet with one eye trained on your neck and his putty knife in his other sights That s the kind of creep this book is written about This is the third novel by Thompson that I ve read, and one that I must conclude was written during his decline Most of the plot elements feel like a hodge podge of The Killer Inside Me and The Getaway While both those novels had moments where the scale shifted, where certain observations and statements brought in a larger, if still very dark perspective, this one felt cramped and suffocating in its sordidness Plot developments seemed to happenor less at random and while some of the sup This is the third novel by Thompson that I ve read, and one that I must conclude was written during his decline Most of the plot elements feel like a hodge podge of The Killer Inside Me and The Getaway While both those novels had moments where the scale shifted, where certain observations and statements brought in a larger, if still very dark perspective, this one felt cramped and suffocating in its sordidness Plot developments seemed to happenor less at random and while some of the supporting characters are depicted in s great deal of detail, it feels like padding rather than insight This was a sad example of how badly a talent can unravel, but I m determined to continue sifting through Thompson s work for the good stuff