Jim Thompson (1906-1977) was an American author of hardboiled crime fiction. Although he was praised by critics during his lifetime, Thompson gained little commercial success in comparison. However, his novels were re-published in the 80s under the Black Lizard imprint, leading to him receiving more popularity posthumously. Several of Thompson’s novels have been adapted to film, including The Getaway and The Grifters.

Jim Thompson made his literary debut in 1942 with Now and On Earth. Below is a list of Jim Thompson’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Now and On Earth(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heed the Thunder(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nothing More Than Murder(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cropper's Cabin(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Killer Inside Me(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Criminal(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Alcoholics(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Recoil(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Savage Night(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Gizmo(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nothing Man(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Swell-Looking Babe(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Hell of a Woman(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Roughneck(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
After Dark, My Sweet(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kill-Off(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wild Town(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Getaway(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Transgressors(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Grifters(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pop. 1280(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Texas By The Tail(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
South of Heaven(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ironside(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Undefeated(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nothing But A Man(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Child of Rage(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King Blood(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rip-Off(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Heed the Thunder was also published as Sins of the Fathers. The Golden Gizmo was also published as The Golden Sinner.

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