Saturday, 18 May 2013

The Real McCoys

The Getaway is undoubtedly one of Jim Thompson's best known pieces of work. It's made it through two Hollywood adaptations, neither of which come close to resembling the novel in either feel or content. Thompson, quite often, sets his stories within a clearly defined genre with understood expectations only to push against them from the outset. The conflict created in the story of Doc, Carol and Rudy is not the conflict you would expect and ultimately becomes more of an internal conflict within the characters and the reader alike.