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AFTER DARK, MY SWEET is a novel written by Jim Thompson in 1955.

Kid Collins has escaped from a mental hospital. On his way south, he meets Fay, an alcoholic widow, and the no good Uncle Bud who proposed he take part in the kidnapping of the little Charles Vandermeer. Kid, desperately wanting to be loved by Fay, accepts but soon becomes suspicious. Will he be cheated by his partners or does his paranoia make him feel that way ?
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Another masterpiece of Jim Thompson. Ultra noir.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's The crook is....    -   Get treasure/money from another criminal    -   on the run from the law Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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