Cover of the crime novel Nothing More Than Murder by Jim Thompson (1949).

One Hour, One Book: Jason Simon

Nothing More Than Murder (1949) by Jim Thompson.

Friday, November 7, from 6 PM to 7 PM

On the occasion of his second exhibition at Artexte, Jason Simon will sample scenes and dialogues from the crime novel Nothing More Than Murder to frame a discussion around his exhibition in the Artexte gallery. Written by American author and screenwriter Jim Thompson and published in 1949, Nothing More than Murder  is a foray into the sketchy dealings of the mid-20th century movie industry chronicled through the murderous plot of a small town movie theater manager Joe Wilmot.

About the author:
Jim Thompson wrote more than thirty novels during his lifetime, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the late-1940s through mid-1950s. Despite some positive critical notice in the 1940s, he was little-recognized in his lifetime. After his death in 1977, Thompson’s literary stature grew, when in the late 1980s, some of his novels were re-published in theBlack Lizard series of re-discovered crime fiction. Following the republication of his books, filmmakers began to take interest in his work culminating in the production of films such as : Série noire (1979) by Alain Corneau, Coup de Torchon (1981) by Bertrand Tavernier, The Grifters (1990) by Stephen Frears, and The Killer Inside Me (2010) by Michael Winterbottom.