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A Hell of a Woman by Jim Thompson

By Jim Thompson

Younger, attractive, and fearfully abused, Mona was once the type of woman even a difficult guy like Dillon couldn't convey himself to take advantage of. but if Mona informed him in regards to the vicious aunt who had grew to become her into whatever little higher than a prostitute--and concerning the funds the previous girl has stashed away--Dillon discovered it strangely effortless to kill for her.

First released in 1954

A Hell of a Woman is Jim Thompson's homegrown model of Crime and Punishment. it's a novel completely with out sentiment, the place a assassin is going approximately his lethal enterprise with no prayer of redemption.


A masterpiece of inexpensive lives, small-town desperation, and absent morals. the previous couple of pages, within which the protagonist has a psychological breakdown, is written in alternating traces of conflicting cognizance: its one of the so much evocative, scary, and lovely prose I've learn. The protagonist, a sleazy door-to-door salesman, is the epitome of the Thompson archetype: he fears betrayal simply because he, himself, has no loyalties, and sees no justification for them; his over-confidence is equaled basically via his paranoia; and his failure to get a grip on his lifestyles is, finally, a human tragedy all too universal and one within which we needs to empathize with. between Thompson's most sensible works.

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