The Getaway by Jim Thompson

The Getaway

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 betra...

Details The Getaway

TitleThe Getaway
Release DateAug 5th, 2014
PublisherMulholland Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Noir, Novels

Reviews The Getaway

  • Paul Bryant
    I didn't believe a word of this and it's not like this was a first novel, it was his 19th, so I'm thinking that he was maybe drunk in charge of a typewriter or was just having a real bad month, or something. First off, I don't like characters called Doc. Even if they're doctors. This is a personal quirk, so I tried to disregard it. Second, if this Doc McCoy is such an all-round criminal mastermind – and that is the very term used on p 58 - groa...
  • Dan Schwent
    Doc McCoy, Rudy "Piehead" Torrento, and an accomplice rob the Beacon City Bank and immediately begin double crossing each other. Can Doc McCoy and his wife make it to Mexico before Torrento takes them down or the police catch them?The Getaway it the tale of a bank heist and its aftermath, told in Jim Thompson's bleak style. Actually, it's really light compared to the other four Thompson's I've read up to this point, more akin to Richard Stark's P...
  • Lono
    What the fffaaa…..That’s not the ending…..I saw the movie……that’s not what happened…..My initial response to the ending of The Getaway was not positive. I think I needed to digest it for a while before writing the review. I was on board until that last chapter. So I thought about it, read an interesting review that focused on the ending of the book, re-read the last chapter and….I’m cool with it. All these smart as hell authors ...
  • Ed
    This is one of the better Jim Thompson noirs I've read. It's a twisty chase novel with the expected double-crosses, close calls, and violent clashes. Then toward the end, the story veers into something else but in an intriguing way. Doc McCoy, the bank robber, is a nice guy psychopath. I've read and heard that Thompson wrote fast and didn't revise his output. If so, he did a bang up job with his first drafts because he's delivered the goods.
  • Julie
    YO. GUYS. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN IS BASICALLY A REWORK OF THIS 1958 BOOK????? Two robbers on the run, one of them recently out of prison, being chased down by the law in a manhunt, taking hostages and trying desperately to get to the border, in order to cross over to a mythical Mexican paradise city called El Rey? Robert Rodriguez just added fucking vampires. See: El Rey.I am so charmed by this realisation. It's a cool read, though I definitely lang...
  • Richard
    4.5 stars. The Getaway begins with what would usually be the middle of most heist stories and is mostly about the aftermath of the crime (hence the title). But the story is not your usual "Bonnie and Clyde"-type thriller. This highly suspenseful yarn is ultimately about the disintegration of this couple's relationship as their journey leads them into some deep shit (literally). The only disappointing thing is the build up of a great character wit...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    I really enjoyed reading this book; first printed in 1958 and reissued in new editions several times, The Getaway is one of the most original and rather funny crime novels I've ever owned.
  • George K.
    Τον Φεβρουάριο του 2012 διάβασα το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο, στην κάπως κουτσουρεμένη μετάφραση των εκδόσεων Πεχλιβανίδη (τίτλος έκδοσης: "Η φυγή"). Μετά από τόσα χρόνια, αποφάσισα να το ξαναδιαβάσω, σε μια κανονική και αρκετά πιο σύγχρονη μετάφραση, έτσ...
  • Paul
    It’s hard to believe this fury of a novel was written in 1958.Two Hollywood renditions later, (and other reproductions such as Tarantino’s clever ode to The Getaway in From Dusk till Dawn) it still resonates. It’s a Bonnie and Clyde road adventure as these two criminals romp their way through the country, meeting some truly colourful characters only Thompson could paint. I believe Thompson was ahead of his time when it came to the neo-noir ...
  • Mel
    This just felt like a poorly done cliche from the start. It wasn't terrible until it just seemed to enter a death spiral at the end. It was getting three stars until the last couple of chapters and then I had to change the review to two stars. Maybe I just didn't get it. So two stars and a "just okay" from me. Sad, I really wanted to like this one. I have never seen the movie so can't really compare the two. I doubt I will end up seeing the movi...
  • Andy
    More than just a running from the law and the evil criminals, too type-book, but a surreal analogy of how much crap a married couple can endure. And speaking of crap, the capper is when they're reduced to hiding out under a ton of horse manure for hours. Yeah, sometimes marriage feels a lot like that!As the book develops, husband and wife become increasingly more paranoid and distrustful of each other until they can barely look at each other in t...
  • Bro_Pair أعرف
    Terrific - just terrific. Jim Thompson puts Sartre in the shithouse. But pulp novels never get the credit some long-dead French guy's stuff get. But don't mistake it. This is a real existentialist nightmare, and you don't even realize it til the last third of the novel. What Thompson does to you is the same thing Dostoevsky excelled in doing - making you feel physically ill about what happens to imaginary people.
  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    When 'Doc' McCoy pulls off the bank heist that is supposed to set him up for his retirement, he didn't reckon with the lengths to which bad luck would go to mess up his getaway. Every time you think things couldn't get worse for Doc, a charming, crafty sociopath, and his wife, they do. Until finally things get really nasty in the end. I felt this one wasn't as tightly crafted as The Killer Inside Me, but there are passages of such breathtakingly ...
  • Roybot
    So close to a four star (or better) book, hamstrung by the final chapter. For most of the book, Thompson crafts a great crime novel that calls to mind the Parker books that Westlake would eventually write. Unfortunately, all of the subtlety and atmosphere that was developed in the early chapters is completely thrown out in the last chapters once the protagonists have reached their goal. If I could have stopped before the last chapters, it would h...
  • Karthik Ramesh
    4 STARS.This is not the typical bank job crime thrillers one would have seen.Actually it felt that way only until its end.At the begining it was like the every other thriller with some twists and turns in events of the story.while you are getting to feel boring and looks like a cliched bank job ending, it suddenly turns out it isn't.The ending was so surreal that i checked it twice if i was reading the same book or not.The Ending of this book mad...
  • Jenn
    I was pleasantly surprised by this classic. I thought it would be a bunch of cliches about gangsters from the 40s, but was mistaken. It was full of blood and easy killings. Just the way I like my crime books - or murder books as hubby calls them. You know what sucked though? The ending. I have to admit I was a tad lost at the end and lost all interest in seeing if the getaway duo lived lol
  • Benoit Lelièvre
    This book would need a more precise star system. It deserves 86 or 88% , so 4.40something stars. It's unlike anything I've ever read before. It's plot-driven to the extreme, the situations are strong, unique and twisted, yet the characters are fleshed out extraordinairily. It's only 180 pages, but it couldn't be any bigger or it would've been too complicated. It's cops n' robbers again, but who cares? Thompson wrote The Getaway in 1959, so everyb...
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  • Darwin8u
    Wicked smart. I'll have to sleep on this one. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about the ending.
  • Gavin Armour
    1959 erschien mit der Gangsterballade THE GETAWAY jener Roman, den Sam Peckinpah 13 Jahre später als ersten Roman des Autors Jim Thompson überhaupt verfilmen und als Vorlage für seinen erfolgreichsten Film nutzen sollte. Allerdings mochte Thompson Peckinpahs Adaption nicht. Wo sein Roman als eine Innenschau des Gangstermilieus als Arbeitermilieu daher kommt, ließ Peckinpah sein Gangsterpärchen in einer blutigen Romanze jeglicher Sozialkontex...
  • Greg
    BOOK 140 - Mid-20th Century North American Crime Readathon - Round 5"The Getaway" has the strangest ending of all crime novels I've read during this readathon. I can't give it away, but I'll say it's absolutely worth the read, besides the fact the entire book is very good.HOOK - 3 stars: "Carter 'Doc' McCoy had left a morning call for six o'clock, and he was reaching for the telephone the moment the night clerk rang. Had had always awakened easil...
  • Vaelin
    Actual rating 3.9 starsThe novel that From Dusk Till Dawn was loosely based (besides one supernatural element).An engaging crime, robbery and (shockingly) getaway tale that sees the protagonist couple make their way across the US and attempt to cross the US/Mexican border into the fabled criminal paradise that supposedly exists there. The ending is great as the majority of reviews have already mentioned.Crime novel enthusiasts should check out th...
  • Mariano Hortal
    "Doc McCoy había nacido con la obligación de ser un individuo endiablado: persuasivo, lleno de personalidad, insidioso, agradable, de buen carácter e imperturbable. Uno de los individuos más agradables que uno puede encontrarse", así es el perverso a la vez que encantador personaje de "La huida" del gran escritor de novela negra Jim ...Thompson, que se une a la galería de un escritor que dibuja personalidades diabólicas de una manera magis...
  • Patrick O'Neil
    Ok, so even though Sam Peckinpah's 1972 film The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw is said to be based on Jim Thompson's The Getaway other than the title and the character's names that's where the similarity ends. Why do filmmakers do this? What, do they decide the story just doesn’t work for a movie and then rewrite the entire plot? So strange. As usual Thompson is a bit over the top: hiding out in a fake shit pile does seem a tad much...
  • notgettingenough
    Given he falls into genres of which I read a lot, I'm gobsmacked to have discovered Jim Thompson only recently. Why is reading so motivated by fashion? If there is something that should be above fashion, or outside it, why would this not be it?Of course, it could just be a case of trying to corner the market in rabbits.
  • Carla Remy
    Some very suspenseful and vivid scenes.
  • Realini
    The Getaway, based on the novel by Jim Thompson The Getaway has its good momentsNevertheless, it is not Papillon, The Great Escape, Bullitt, Junior Bonner or The Towering Inferno.Steve McQueen was one of the best actors in Hollywood and in this film and we can see why, even if it is not his best role.He plays Doc McCoy, a recently released robber who is involved in a Getaway with his wife Carol.The latter is portrayed by Ali MacGraw, one of the s...
  • GloriaGloom
    "Cosa ti sembra più ridicolo, me o gli aspetti simbolici della situazione?", in questa semplice domanda alla Cary Grant che Doc rivolge a Carol dopo tre giorni passati in una nicchia di letame secco sta tutto il senso della narrativa di Thompson e del suo rapporto con la tradizione Noir, Hard Boiled o come caspita la si voglia chiamare. Fu romanzo controverso In fuga, almeno a dar retta a Robert Polito autore della sontuosa e monumentale biograf...
  • Tom Steer
    It’s like Thompson spent the first three quarters of his time writing this book reading old James M. Cain paperbacks.Then he picked up The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau, and couldn’t wait to finish this manuscript until he had a go at writing something similar.Still, I have to say I was grooving with it, scrappy as The Getaway is.
  • Joe
    Doc McCoy and his wife Carol try to make a getaway after a bank job in southern California. His accomplice turns against him. Lots of things go wrong. Lots of people get killed. The reverse of more romantic versions such as that dynamic duo, Bonnie and Clyde. Filmed with relentless violence by Sam Peckinpah (1972) and redone with bad acting by Roger Donaldson (1994).