James Myers Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma, in 1906; BA, University of Nebraska; married wife, Alberta, in 1931;
associated with the Federal Writers Project in the 1930s; journalist, New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times Mirror; best known for his mystery and suspense paperback books, he wrote 34 novels, including The killer inside me (1953), After dark, my sweet (1955), The getaway (1959), The grifters (1963), and Pop. 1280 (1964); also wrote screenplays, teaming with Stanley Kubrick on The killing (1956) and Paths of glory (1957); several of Thompson's novels were adapted for film, including The getaway (1972), The killer inside me (1976), After dark, my sweet (1990), The kill-off (1990), and The grifters (1990); died April 7, 1977.
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