A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
9/27/1906 Jim Thompson's first night in jail
September 27, 1906. Jim Thompson, the great noir writer, used to brag that he was born in jail. To be precise, he was born in a jailhouse. His father, James Thompson, was the sheriff of Caddo County, Oklahoma, and like many lawmen of the time, his family got free living quarters over the jail, in return for merely providing 24/7 service to the prisoners.
It's worth noting that Thompson's books are full of violent, amoral, and downright crazy sheriffs.