From The Grifters. Just an incidental character, bellhop type. That inside of one paragraph gets this kind of portrait. Read The Getaway first. Couldn't believe how much a story could be so much like the movie and so different at the same time.
Added a sketch of Bertrand Tavernier, the director of a Jim Thompson story called Pop 1280. French name Coup de Torchon ( Clean Slate). The DVD has a very cool, long form interview with him. Lots of discussion of Thompson's writing.