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Where the hell do you get off drawing a pension anyway It is puzzling, I said, isn t it Obviously I am not disabled for employment Obviously I have suffered no disfigurement I am evenhandsome than on the day I was born, and my mother boasted with considerable veracity, I believe that I was the prettiest baby in town His eyes narrowed I get it You re a fairy, huh Is that an assertion, I said, or merely a surmise Don t think I m afraid of you, Brown Aren t you I said Where the hell do you get off drawing a pension anyway It is puzzling, I said, isn t it Obviously I am not disabled for employment Obviously I have suffered no disfigurement I am evenhandsome than on the day I was born, and my mother boasted with considerable veracity, I believe that I was the prettiest baby in town His eyes narrowed I get it You re a fairy, huh Is that an assertion, I said, or merely a surmise Don t think I m afraid of you, Brown Aren t you I said Then perhaps you d like to do something about my statement, made herewith, that you are a nosy, dull witted son of a bitch and a goddamned lousy newspaperman A war veteran with an injury that left him missing some uh important parts, begins to commit murder Or does he Loaded with dark humor and psychological mayhem Thompson loves his whiskey too Definitely worth a read if you want something different I really enjoy Thompson, but man, he can put you through the wringer His protagonists are just so flat out im or at least amoral that the reading can be, well, uncomfortable This book is no exception, with a war wounded dissolute and embittered newspaperman, whose rage at the world is taken out on all those around him ex wife, colleagues, chief of police, etc The characters are good, and even if not likeable are enjoyable There s a real sense of place and period it s a good, engaging, I really enjoy Thompson, but man, he can put you through the wringer His protagonists are just so flat out im or at least amoral that the reading can be, well, uncomfortable This book is no exception, with a war wounded dissolute and embittered newspaperman, whose rage at the world is taken out on all those around him ex wife, colleagues, chief of police, etc The characters are good, and even if not likeable are enjoyable There s a real sense of place and period it s a good, engaging, slightly idiosyncratic noir.Thompson does a good job of keeping you just off balance whenever you think you know on where it s all going to land up he just knocks you a different way This has some lighter moments compared with other Thompson novels, and in the end the misanthropy is somewhat, well, evened up, so long as you don t take it too seriously And in the end I think that s the one niggle I have other Thompson novels seem serious, weighty This one I had to take a little less seriously in order to enjoy it #READ E-PUB ë The Nothing Man ó 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 Washington Post Clinton Brown is smart, good looking, and the best rewrite man on the Pacific City Courier The wife he divorced is still in love with him, as is the alluring and well heeled widow who will do anything to make him happy But Brown is missing something, and without that one thing there s no possibility of happiness no possibility of anything but knocking back the booze and punishing anyone foolish enough to try to take away his loneliness What Clinton Brown lacks may be enough to make him murderIs Brown a killer or the victim of a sadistic frame up And if he s innocent, why is he so intent on being caught Deviously plotted, fearfully acquainted with the psychology of rage and guilt, The Nothing Man is further proof of Jim Thompson s mastery of the crime genre Ok That s my last Jim Thompson Even if we have another one at the house I will not read it It s the same dang story anyway I m not even going to put a spoiler alert here because if you ve read one of them you need to know you have pretty much read them all Or at least the one s I ve read The main character kills women Then he uses his much greater intellect to confuse and trick the dumb people who are around him to believe that he could not possible have been the murderer The only new th Ok That s my last Jim Thompson Even if we have another one at the house I will not read it It s the same dang story anyway I m not even going to put a spoiler alert here because if you ve read one of them you need to know you have pretty much read them all Or at least the one s I ve read The main character kills women Then he uses his much greater intellect to confuse and trick the dumb people who are around him to believe that he could not possible have been the murderer The only new thing in this book is it seems Clinton Brown may not have had a penis I can not swear to it, nor can I get anyone else to acknowledge it But I think that is what we are supposed to wonder about.The only thing I was intrigued by besides the question about the lack of or the presence of a penis in this book published in 1954 is that newspapers are evidently closing right and left hmmmm maybe video didn t kill the radio star Or whatever little ditty would be used for the same sentiment about technology and print My personal favorite Jim Thompson novel Guy comes back from the war with a little secret wound that he will kill to keep secret Loaded with a few first hand insights into the life of an alcoholic newspaper reporter of the time I think it is amazing that he got away with writing this back in the 1950s, when I believe screen kisses were still timed and limited to nothan 5 seconds This is simply good stuff Read it, guys, you ll enjoy it. This novel surprised me I had never heard of it before, having only come across it in a three novel compilation that I picked up for three dollars in a used bookstore in Boston About halfway through, it was starting to seem like the protagonist s murders were rather gratuitous, not unlike those which soured me on Thompson s revered The Killer Inside Me But then the ending hits, and suddenly the book is not what it had seemed Clifton Brown is indeed a nothing man, not really existing as his o This novel surprised me I had never heard of it before, having only come across it in a three novel compilation that I picked up for three dollars in a used bookstore in Boston About halfway through, it was starting to seem like the protagonist s murders were rather gratuitous, not unlike those which soured me on Thompson s revered The Killer Inside Me But then the ending hits, and suddenly the book is not what it had seemed Clifton Brown is indeed a nothing man, not really existing as his own self but instead living through manipulating and tormenting others He thinks he s winning the game, but as it turns out he s been losing all along And the local sheriff will see to it that he continues to do so, denying him the grand exit he desires The Nothing Man is a clever twist on a murder novel In it we see the classic Thompson confrontation between the A existentially troubled, intellectually sophisticated but impotent Thompson character versus B the sly good ole boy and his old fashioned human corruption, and you can guess who ultimately wins. I ve read this book six or seven times, and it just keeps getting funnier every time. God, I love Jim Thompson On a whim, I decided to reread some of my favorites The Nothing Man is a blast A poetry writing newspaper man, fifths of whisky downed in a few hours, women who fall in love easily and quickly, and murder What s not to love Classic nihilistic Thompson Clinton Brown is work a holic, alcoholic, sociopathic wiseass, void of all emotion, and capable of fooling all of his small town, lame brained coworkers into doing just about anything he wants He drinks whiskey around the clock, uses his good looks to manipulate women, yet has no problem in resorting to extreme acts of violence when he feels that his cherished loneliness is in danger When Clinton gets personally involved in the death of his former wife, a mystery u Classic nihilistic Thompson Clinton Brown is work a holic, alcoholic, sociopathic wiseass, void of all emotion, and capable of fooling all of his small town, lame brained coworkers into doing just about anything he wants He drinks whiskey around the clock, uses his good looks to manipulate women, yet has no problem in resorting to extreme acts of violence when he feels that his cherished loneliness is in danger When Clinton gets personally involved in the death of his former wife, a mystery unravels as to whether or not he is guilty of a booze fueled murder, or if he is a victim of an intense set up Overall, a classic, boozy, hard boiled crime story