William "Kid" Collins was once a respected boxer. Now he's a drifter, on the run after escaping from a mental institution.
One afternoon he meets Fay, a beautiful young widow. She is smart and decent - at least when she's sober.
Soon Collins finds himself involved in a kidnapping scheme that goes drastically wrong almost before it even begins. Because the kid they've picked up isn't like other kids: he's diabetic and without insulin, he'll die. Not the safest situation for Collins, a man for whom stress and violence have long gone hand-in-hand.
After Dark, My Sweet once again displays Jim Thompson as the undisputed master of American noir. The basis of James Foley's critically acclaimed film of the same name, with the sweep of an epic tragedy, Thompson's classic limns the dangerous territory of honest people all-too-easily sucked into wickedness, with no way out but down.
©2011 Jim Thompson (P)2011 Hachette
"The best suspense writer going, bar none." (The New York Times)
What could have been a halfway decent book is made laughable by the overdramatic, overdone narrator. It dumbs everything down. His voices for the characters, particularly Uncle Bud, undermine the story so much. I wish I had just read the book itself (even though the book is written poorly and mostly predictable).
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