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
ISBN9780316403979
Author
Release DateAug 5th, 2014
PublisherMulholland Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Noir, Novels
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Reviews The Getaway

  • Paul Bryant
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Richard
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mel
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Andy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Canavan
    1970-01-01
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  • Rebecca McNutt
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Gavin Armour
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mariano Hortal
    1970-01-01
    "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...
  • Daniel
    1970-01-01
    Wow, Thompson writes some brutal scenes! I've seen the 90s film adaptation, so many of the turns to the plot in the first half were expected; the rest of the book, though, really surprised me. The descent from strategic getaway to desperate and despicable circumstances that Doc and Carol experience is dreadful, while the criminal hideaway Thompson saves for the final chapter reads like a setting for a horror story. This book is twisted, and I hav...
  • Patrick O'Neil
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Realini
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    "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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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).
  • Dfordoom
    1970-01-01
    A desperate-criminals-on-the-run novel, with Doc McCoy and his wife Carol being particularly violent although strangely likeable bank robbers. As is so often the case with criminal masterminds, Doc’s carefully thought-out and brilliantly planned getaway becomes a series of mistakes, bungles, and casual murders. Thompson tells his story with style, the plot has endless twists and the tension builds relentlessly as Doc and Carol appear to be runn...
  • V.
    1970-01-01
    Quite a fractured narrative that jumps around, often overlapping starts and ends which is a little confusing at times. A few jumps in logic i found hard to follow. At one point the wife pretends to break up with the husband in jail so she can convince the judge to let him out early. I have no idea why she had to fake the break up. There's a few of those kinds of odd narrative leaps.It is a sharp, tough book, with driven characters none of whom ar...
  • Jesse
    1970-01-01
    Jim Thompson was a great writer by most standards and an iffy one at best by a couple others (lesser considerations, these, but impossible to ignore). While I don't think that P. K. Dick's writing is as bad as commentators like Jonathan Lethem have suggested, there may be some grounds for comparing the authors. The experience of reading The Getaway's quietly shocking ending reminded me not a little of the close of Dick's Maze of Death. Without gi...
  • Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
    1970-01-01
    Although there was a short stretch where he produced five novels a year, Thompson still takes some literary chances that none of the other noir writers took. The final chapter of The Getaway adds an explicit and extended level of surrealistic existentialism to the genre unlike any other I've encountered. Thompson has several other interesting novelties and oddities in his work that might not be so apparent, but of the two or three books I've read...
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    If Sartre thought hell was other people locked in a room together, Thompson thinks hell is other people on the run. No one in this story is sympathetic, and they all get what they deserve. For some of the characters that's death. For others it's life with each other.If you're a fan of noir or suspense, you will like this book. It is dirty and raw (not in a sexual way). The characters are tough and heartless. Not a lot happens that is good. The st...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    I must have read this book at least 20 years ago, and it was the first Thompson book I'd read. It still haunts me. Of course my caveat is that I love basically everything Jim Thompson wrote, but The Getaway stands out in my mind as particularly unnerving. It's dark irony, mercilesss distrust, and macabre claustrophobia turned me inside out and left me stunned, shattered, and deeply in love with an author whose vision is so dark and painful it som...