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Lifetime: 1906 - 1977 Passed: ≈ 47 years ago


American prose writer and screenwriter


United States

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson (1906-1977?) was an American businessman who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a charismatic and visionary entrepreneur, and he is credited with transforming Thai silk from a cottage industry into a global luxury brand.


Thompson was a man of integrity and strong principles. He was committed to producing high-quality silk, and he paid fair wages to his workers. He was also a strong advocate for Thai culture and traditions.

Famous for

Thompson is famous for his work in revitalizing the Thai silk industry. He founded the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, which is still one of the leading producers of Thai silk in the world. He is also known for his mysterious disappearance in 1967, which has never been solved.

Notable works

Thompson's most notable work is the Jim Thompson House, which he built in Bangkok in the 1950s. The house is a museum today, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.


Thompson's philosophy was based on the belief that Thai silk is a unique and valuable product that deserves to be shared with the world. He was also a strong believer in social responsibility, and he was committed to helping the Thai people.

Death and legacy

Thompson disappeared in 1977 while on a walk in the Malaysian highlands. His body has never been found, and his disappearance remains one of the greatest mysteries in Southeast Asian history.

Thompson is remembered as a pioneer of the Thai silk industry and a generous philanthropist. He is also remembered for his mysterious disappearance, which has captured the imagination of people around the world.

Books by Jim Thompson

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Nothing More Than Murder

Crime Fiction
Murder Morality Mystery Thriller Betrayal Psychological Twists Plotting

In the murky depths of desire and desperation, "Nothing More Than Murder" by Jim Thompson delves into a world where the lines between love, crime, and sanity blur. Meet Joe Wilmot, a small-town theater owner with grand ambitions and a life tethered t...