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A Hell of a Woman

by: Jim Thompson

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(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) 

Jim Thompson's novel A Hell of a Woman contains no soft-hearted sentiments the Oprah crowd would applaud. A Hell of a Woman tells the story of salesman/killer Dolly Dillon. Mr. Dillon tried to do the right thing, but eventually bodies begin turning up.

Thompson's ability to tell a story transcends time. His vivid descriptions are concise and memorable, but it's his dialogue that mezmerizes. Born in Oklahoma, Thompson wrote 29 novels. Books like The Getaway and Killer Inside Me capture the essence of his cutthroat prose. Thompson also wrote two screenplays for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory.

Perhaps the other title for this book Thompson intended was 'A Man's Fight Against High Odds And Low Women'. The title surfaces several times in the story. However, in this tale the female folk uphold their end of the bargain. It is hard to forget the female characters Mona and Joyce in these 185 pages. This is a slicing tale about the dark side of human nature.

James Calemine


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