Roy Dillon is young, good-looking and devastatingly charming. He’s also a con man. His mother Lily works for the mob; his mistress, Moira, is always looking for the main chance. And Carol, a nurse who’s looking after him when a bad choice of mark leaves him with internal bleeding, seems rather too innocent. Together they make up a perverse quadrangle of greed, love and corruption…
Anjelica Huston, John Cusack & Annette Bening starred in a pretty good film version, released in 1990.
Bad things happen to bad people. I’ll say no more. The characters and their relationships are more than enough to keep you turning the pages. If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, read the book first. It’s a classic!
- The Grifters (1990) (dtmmr.com)