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RECOIL is a book written in 1953 by Jim Thompson.

Thanks to Doc who has accepted to hire him, Pat Cosgrove can get out of the prison he's serving a 15 years term in for armed robbery. Pat will spend the next weeks trying to discover the reason why Doc wants to help him. He soon realizes that everybody seems to know why even his new girlfriend, doc's secretary, who, in spite of her love, refuses to speak to him. Pat will even hire a private detective who suggests to him to be careful because Doc could have prepared a life insurance fraud with him, Pat, as a main character.
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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 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   seduction/blackmail    -   escape/deal with prison    -   white collar fraud or theft General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas City?    -   Yes City:    -   rude people Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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