The Criminal by Jim Thompson

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 in charge, and the worst crimes are unpunishable.

First released 1953

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"The revolving POV (point-of-view) novel doesn't continuously paintings, yet within the arms of Jim Thompson it's amazing. the tale of a wrongfully accused teen for the rape-murder of the woman round the corner is instructed via everyone's more and more outrageous viewpoint because the booklet is going on... no longer certainly one of Thompson's extra significant novels yet very good in its personal right."

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Part Two Chapter Four Summary Zossimov, the doctor, appears to check on Raskolnikov's progress. Razumihin tells of the arrival of his uncle, Porfiry Petrovitch, who is head of the Investigation Department. Zossimov and Razumihin talk of the arrest of two painters for the murder of Alyona Ivanovna and Lizaveta. Razumihin is very firm in his stand that the painters could not have committed the crime and makes an elaborate defense of their innocence. Zossimov notices that the discussion excites Raskolnikov and thinks that this interest in the crime suggests that he is regaining an interest in life.

The visit to Alyona Ivanovna's shows Raskolnikov's confusion and disgust with the whole episode even as he prepares for its execution. The visit also shows that Raskolnikov is not the hardened cold criminal. Part One Chapter Two Summary After his visit to Alyona Ivanovna's, Raskolnikov feels the need for a drink, so he stops in a tavern. Here he meets Semyon Marmeladov who tells him about his life. Marmeladov had been in the government service but lost his position because of his alcoholism. However, he had recently been reinstated as a clerk in a government office.

Page 32 E. Raskolnikov's return to the scene of the crime supports the theory that crime is partly a disease since it is a neurotic desire that draws him back to the scene. At the scene he offers to take the workmen to the police station and confess all to theman eighth thought of confession. F. Standing at the crossroads, for the ninth time he contemplates confession. This time he resolves to go in order to end the torment of doubt as to whether or not he should confess. Part Two Chapter Seven Summary As Raskolnikov is on his way to the police station, he witnesses a drunken man who stumbles in the way of a carriage and is killed.

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