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ROUGHNECK is pulp noir master Jim Thompson's quasi-autobiography of the wandering wild days of one of America's wildest wandering authors. Follow Thompson through the Great Depression, his young adulthood, marriage and family but with the apocryphal dark wit that is his trademark. He goes from riding the rails in the 30's to getting drunk while working in a morgue only to move on to odd jobs as a baker, a collector, even as a writer of labor history for the W.P.A. Absurd scenarios swirl around this man like the savage dust storms sweeping over the dried out prairie states he traveled. He tries to write the Great American Novel with the help of a prostitute with a heart of gold, hustles deadbeats, has bull sessions with bunglers and bagmen, con men and corpses. He'll take you through a tour of all the lowlife characters America has to offer. These are the people that make his fiction so real and vibrant. ROUGHNECK is a brilliant tell-all, a sharp character study, and a unique look into the life of a true American original. Thompson may even be the best character in his long career of creating supremely rich characters. Thompson's life in Thompson's own words is as frightening and humorous a memoir as they come.

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