The Grifters by Jim Thompson

The Grifters

Jim Thompson

224 pages first pub 1963 (editions)

fiction crime thriller mysterious fast-paced
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To his friends, to his coworkers, and even to his mistress Moira, Roy Dillon is an honest hardworking salesman. He lives in a cheap hotel just within his pay bracket. He goes to work every day. He has hundreds of friends and associates who could a...

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Community Reviews Summary of 459 reviews


dark 80%
mysterious 53%
tense 53%
sad 26%
challenging 20%
emotional 20%
reflective 20%
funny 13%
adventurous 6%


medium 46%
fast 26%
slow 26%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 58% | A mix: 33% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

No: 38% | It's complicated: 38% | Yes: 23%

Loveable characters?

No: 61% | It's complicated: 38%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 92% | Yes: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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