Jim Thompson's The Criminal PDF

By Jim Thompson

A teenage woman is raped and murdered. A father turns his again on his son. A vicious press lord turns justice right into a carnival. A terrified boy is railroaded. within the twisted international of Jim Thompson, everyone seems to be to blame, and the worst crimes are unpunishable.

First released 1953


"The revolving POV (point-of-view) novel doesn't continuously paintings, yet within the fingers of Jim Thompson it's great. the tale of a wrongfully accused teen for the rape-murder of the woman round the corner is informed via everyone's progressively more outrageous standpoint because the e-book is going on... now not one in every of Thompson's extra significant novels yet extraordinary in its personal right."

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Because of this, those societies were not able to produce strong democratic practices and such cultural values as individualism and egalitarianism which are—according to Karstedt—‘major trajectories of the process of modernization and main characteristics of democratic society’ (idem, p. 299). These countries were shaped for a very long period of time by collectivism rather than individualism and by authoritarianism rather than egalitarianism. In Karstedt’s view ‘… under the layer of violently enforced homogeneity a substructure and subculture of high inequality developed’ (idem, p.

Political and economic freedoms figured prominently in popular slogans of that time—but most probably those who demanded them did not know exactly what they comprised. As noted earlier, particular countries got through this tumultous period with different experiences: while some were well-established states, others had to gain their basic independence. Among this second group there were further major differences: two of this number, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were badly damaged in a violent war that left each country mutilated and changed their infrastructure into a devastated state.

Slovenia) a mandatory retirement wave in the early 1990s eliminated those who had (or might have) violated human rights. These changes were most certainly necessary; they had, however, also a negative consequence: the judiciary—judges and prosecutors—who entered into the new system were young and as such had less experience than was required by the situation which then quite unexpectedly arose, namely the extreme increase of crime during the first years after the changes. This was probably one of the causes for delays in judicial proceedings in general, and in criminal proceedings in particular, which later became a heavy obstacle in the functioning of these judicial systems.

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