I don't read many books twice but Jim Thompson novels - due to their concise, dirty power, their relentless violence and purity - can always draw me in for a second time. Some of the most psychological crime writing ever done. I love James M Cain and Elmore Leonard but Jim Thompson holds a special place in my heart.
Jim Thompson is the best suspense writer going, bar none
One of the toughest crime novels ever
My favourite crime novelist - often imitated but never duplicated - is Jim Thompson
If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Cornell Woolrich could have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it
Casts a dazzling light on the human condition
The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction