The Transgressors

The Transgressors On the day he accidentally killed Aaron McBride Tom Lord went from being a sheriff s deputy to a man awaiting execution Because if the law didn t punish him his victim s widow or his shadowy busines

  • Title: The Transgressors
  • Author: Jim Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780679740162
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the day he accidentally killed Aaron McBride, Tom Lord went from being a sheriff s deputy to a man awaiting execution Because if the law didn t punish him, his victim s widow or his shadowy business associates surely would.

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    1. Brilliant. And it even has a (view spoiler)[oh, sorry. I really can't say. You'll just have to read the book. (hide spoiler)]

    2. My dad used to hire this handyman out in Palm Springs who was from Texas or Arkansas and was kinda the stoic, surly type who quietly hated city people and used good, common horse sense in figuring people out. When he perspired he smelled like Kentucky sour mash and you never felt comfortable around him because he wasn't smart enough to be subtle in his hatred of people in general. Tom Lord, the main character in "The Transgressors" is exactly that kind of asshole. There are lots of creeps like h [...]

    3. This is the third novel by Thompson that I've read, and one that I must conclude was written during his decline. Most of the plot elements feel like a hodge-podge of The Killer Inside Me and The Getaway. While both those novels had moments where the scale shifted, where certain observations and statements brought in a larger, if still very dark perspective, this one felt cramped and suffocating in its sordidness. Plot developments seemed to happen more or less at random and while some of the sup [...]

    4. Der Deputy-Sheriff eines westtexanischen Kleinstkaffs, Tom Lord, tötet – vielleicht mit Absicht, vielleicht aus Versehen, vielleicht auch gar nicht selbst – seinen Widersacher Aaron McBride, den Vorarbeiter einer Ölgesellschaft, die Lord um die Erträge seines ererbten Landes gebracht hat. Da die ganze Gesellschaft lediglich eine Strohfirma ist, eine Geldwaschanlage, in die Kunden aus dem ganzen Land ihre geheimen Ersparnisse tragen, stehen beim örtlichen Verbindungsmann des Syndikats, Pe [...]

    5. Die Rezi findet ihr auch auf meinem BlogInhaltTom Lord ist Deputy in Big Sands, einer texanischen Kleinstad mitten im Nirgendwo die von Bohrtürmen eingekesselt ist. Eines Tages erschießt er bei einer Rauferei ungewollt den Ölinspektor Aaron McBride. Da er mit McBride schon länger auf Kriegsfuß stand wird er angeklagt und versucht irgendwie seine Unschuld zu beweisen, Aber auch die Ölgesellschaft ist hinter Lord her, da er zu Neugierig ist soll er verschwinden!MeinungDer Klappentext hat mic [...]

    6. Maybe C McCarthy has taken over my mental Texas landscape, but Thompson comes off as thin. I need to check out 'The Killer Inside Me' or whatever is considered to be "The Thompson" to read, because my experiments so far have me thinking he's rather weak. Even within the genre, James Ellroy or Elmore Leonard write circles around this guy. Maybe that's unfair because Thompson came first. Maybe it's also unfair having read the bio 'Savage Art', because whenever things start breaking down with the o [...]

    7. I've been slowly crawling through Thompson's bibliography over the past few years, so I'm getting a good idea of how the quality of his work could fluctuate. Unfortunately, The Trangressors might be his most disposable, forgettable book next to The Alcoholics—but at least the latter has the distinction of being a comedy. That isn't to say The Transgressors is completely awful, though; it's just incredibly rote for Thompson. Protagonist Lou Ford returns from the Killer Inside Me, here disguised [...]

    8. Jim Thompson is always worth the time. However, some of his books hit the ribs and torso stronger than others. While I enjoyed this one while reading it, the afterglow was briefer than classics like THE GRIFTERS, THE KILLER INSIDE, and AFTER DARK, MY SWEET. The morally ambivalent main character, while enjoyable, isn't quite as sharply etched as others by Thompson but was still a good ride. The classic Thompson trait of people doomed to play out the cards dealt to them is in abundant and fun evid [...]

    9. Definitely not one of his better novels. The first half is great, as it focuses on the different threads that make up the Highland Corporation, but the second half is such a slog; I was so tired of the romance between Tom and Donna. Just wasn't convincing. It's telling that I was more interested in the inter-novel linkage that Joyce Lakewood's murder added (and I realize she's Joyce Lakeland in 'The Killer Inside Me') than the actual implications of her death in this novel. Sub-par Thompson over [...]

    10. I thought I was reading one of Thompson's early books. The perspective changed awkwardly, clunky character sketches were used in place of authentic development, and weak scenes hurt this book. I figured he was still getting his feet planted. But, no, it's one of his later works and definitely one his lazier ones. Perhaps he needed whisky money?The story is enjoyable if you're willing to overlook these bad elements. At least his voice and style are present.

    11. This book is a sharp kick to the nuts.Thompson's prose is brutal. He'll make you love the guy who's willing to beat a person to death out of principle. This starts pretty rough. It has elements that someone who read The Killer Inside Me would recognize. It seems like it's going to be just the same as that but after about a fifth of the book it becomes a bit more apparent that this is going to be it's own story.This is a book for people who think Hammett or Chandler were wimps.

    12. i liked the language of the characters. there isn't enough character development or story development. you don't really know why any of the characters do what the do or why they are even friends with the main character was a very quick readmight be open to reading one of thompson's more popular works.

    13. Seemed like very familiar ingredients for a Jim Thompson story: trickster law-enforcement protagonist with a floozie girlfriend. Been there and loved it, but this one turned out all kinds of different! I love being surprised.

    14. Among the Thompson's that I still need to read this was considered the lowest rated. So the news is there is no such thing as a bad one by this guy. Rather funny though ,everyone will always go for my least favorite: The Killer Inside Me before all others. Dwoh!

    15. Half the book was ok by Thompson standards, but the other half was awful. Never really got into it in the second part of the book.

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