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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 the perfect getaway to back it up.

The Getaway is the classic story of a bank robbery gone horribly wrong, where the smallest mistakes have catastrophic consequences, and shifting loyalties lead to betrayals and chaos. The basis for the classic Steve McQueen film of the same name, as well as a 1994 remake with Alec Baldwin, Thompson's novel set the bar for every heist story that followed - but as Thompson continues to prove time and again, nobody's ever done it better than the master.

©1958 Jim Thompson, copyright © renewed 1986 by Alberta H. Thompson (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction." ( Chicago Tribune)
"Thompson is always a fun ride." ( Library Journal)

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  • Laura
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 07-27-12

"Getaway" is what I did!

I think author Jim Thompson was giving a warning by the use of the title "The Getaway." Wish I had heeded his advice.

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