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The Getaway Paperback – October 3, 1990
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Doc McCoy knows everything there is to know about pulling off the perfect bank job. But there are some things he has forgotten--such as a partner who is not only treacherous but insane and a wife who is still an amateur. Worst of all, McCoy has forgotten that when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway.
About the Author
(1906 - 1977) James Meyers Thompson 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. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films “The Killing” and “Paths of Glory”). An outstanding crime writer, the world of his fiction is rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, Thompson’s work at its best is both philosophical and experimental. Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).
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In The Getaway Doc McCoy, fresh out of prison, organizes a bank robbery which goes bad. Doc's partner goes screwy and his wife Carol, a former good girl gone bad, is willing but not very experienced. In a world of dark, shady and desperate characters where pretty much everyone stabs everyone else in the back, Doc and Carol are running for their lives. They crisscross the country on trains and in stolen cars, and get help from even shadier figures who hide them for days in secret underwater caverns, giant stacks of steaming manure, etc.
Reality of life on the run is not glitz and glamour at all, but Doc and Carol keep going because what lies at the end just might be worth it. There are rumors of a man named El Rey who runs a compound for outlaws over the border in Mexico where they can retire safely - as long as the money holds out.
The ending of the book The Getaway reminded me of The Village in the 1960's Patrick McGoohan television series The Prisoner. I believe The Getaway predates The Prisoner, and it is interesting comparing the paranoid visions of authority - any authority - that the two share. I wonder if The Getaway was an inspiration for The Prisoner? Is Doc McCoy an early version of Patrick McGoohan's character Number 6?
The Getaway is a fast and exciting read that will make you think. I am excited to find Jim Thompson's books, and am looking forward to reading many more. I have not been a crime/noir fan in the past, but Jim Thompson just may have converted me.
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This book seems like two separate books. The first describes a standard noir criminal caper, and the second, which is the ending, is totally...Read more