Jim Thompson (September 27, 1906 – April 7, 1977). Almost ignored in his lifetime, Thompson became popular when many of his novels were re-issued on the Black Lizard imprint, including The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, The Getaway, and The Grifters.
While many of his novels were made into films, Thompson also wrote directly for the screen and was often uncredited. Stanley Kubrick commissioned Thompson to turn Lionel White’s Clean Break into a screenplay, but took sole credit for The Killing (1956). Thompson also did most of the writing for Paths of Glory (1957) but was given a shared credit and little recognition.
Thompson’s own script for his novel The Getaway was rejected by Steve McQueen and Walter Hill was given sole credit, though much of Thompson’s work was included. Thompson fought for a credit through the Writers Guild, but was refused.
Thompson died in Los Angeles at the age of 70 in 1977. None of his books were in print in the US at the time.