The Getaway by Jim Thompson

The Getaway

Jim Thompson

224 pages first pub 1958 (editions)

fiction crime mystery dark mysterious fast-paced
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Doc McCoy is the most skilled criminal alive. But when for the first time in Doc's long criminal career, his shot doesn't hit the mark, everything begins to fall apart. And Doc begins to realize that the perfect bank robbery isn't complete without...

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Community Reviews Summary of 205 reviews


dark 100%
tense 90%
adventurous 63%
mysterious 27%
emotional 18%
funny 18%
challenging 9%


fast 75%
medium 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 54% | Plot: 45%

Strong character development?

No: 63% | It's complicated: 27% | Yes: 9%

Loveable characters?

No: 54% | It's complicated: 45%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 72% | Yes: 18% | It's complicated: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 9%

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