- Paperback: 133 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books (Black Lizaerd/Vintage Crime); 1st edition (August 11, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679732470
- ISBN-13: 978-0679732471
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After Dark, My Sweet Paperback – August 11, 1990
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William Collins is very handsome, very polite, and very friendly. His is also dangerous when aroused. Now Collins, a one-time boxer with a lethal "accident" in his past, has broken out of his fourth mental institution and met up with an affable con man and a highly arousing woman, whose plans for him include kidnapping, murder, and much, much worse.
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Jim Thompson created a tour de force of spiraling paranoia and violence as shattering as it is inevitable. It is now the basis for an acclaimed new film.
Top Customer Reviews
Uncle Bud has plans for a crime which will make all three of them rich. Now Collie may be certifiably insane but he is not stupid. He sees Uncle Bud for what he is and initially steers clear. But because he is attracted to Fay and because he has no place else to go, he changes his mind and, against his better judgement, agrees to become part of their hopelessly doomed scheme.
Reading After Dark, My Sweet is much like watching a train wreck as it unfolds. You want to cover your eyes but you can't. Thompson's writing is just too compelling. He masterfully takes the reader on a relentlessly downward spiral into complete and utter chaos while simultaneously introducing unforseen surprises every step of the way.
This is a great novel. Imbued with a palpable aura of impending, inevitable disaster, it grabs you by the lapels and doesn't let go. Jim Thompson was in top form when he wrote this one. Do yourself a favor and read it.
While the book is perfectly fine it is not in the league of the author's best works: 'The Killer Inside Me', 'The Getaway', and 'The Grifters'. All these books are somehow special in terms of pathos, horror or surprise. They are deserved to be called classics. 'After Dark, My Sweet' is not a classic, and I have no idea what the title means (..it has nothing to do with the story).
Bottom line: a worthy read, especially suited for Thompson fans.