Pop quiz time – who is Stephen King talking about here? "The guy was over the top. The guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didn't know the meaning of the word stop. There are three brave lets inherent in the foregoing: he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it."
If you guessed Jim Thompson, the hardest of hard-boiled crime novelists, you win a unicorn.
Perusing his wikipedia entry, the sweet seductive smell of failure drifts from your screen and…