Sunday, April 28, 2013

Day #22,410

Walk km 13,672-13,685: Meetup walk in Queensborough

Book #454: Clean Break (1955, Lionel White)

This is the book that Jim Thompson (screenplay) and Stanley Kubrick (director) made into the movie "The Killing" in 1956. Luckily, they changed the ending so that I didn't know how the book would end.
Lionel White is a solid crime writer but he's not up there with the big boys like Jim Thompson or Donald E Westlake. Like a Westlake Parker book the plot concerns a "big caper" and is written from the criminals point-of-view but the characters just aren't as ruthless as Parker and crew but neither are they as screwed-up as Jim Thompson's characters..

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