Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A HELL OF A WOMAN by Jim Thompson


This is the first Jim Thompson book I've read (don't know why it took so long), but it was definitely an experience! The story starts out with a fairly simple and familiar noir plot, focusing on a door-to door salesman who gets smitten for a meek, but strangely attractive young woman, and hatches a plot to steal some money from her aunt, who's a down-right deplorable old witch that pimps out her niece to everyone around town. But eventually, it evolves into this totally bizarre and unpredictable character-driven ride. And WHOA! WHAT AN ENDING!

I'm excited to get into his other novels! Any author that has the balls to write a line like the one below, is definitely one to get excited about:
"...even the puke was beautiful like everything else."

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