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A Hell of a Woman (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)


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ISBN13: 9780679732518
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Young, beautiful, and fearfully abused, Mona was the kind of girl even a hard man like Dillon couldn't bring himself to use. But when Mona told him about the vicious aunt who had turned her into something little better than a prostitute--and about the money the old lady has stashed away--Dillon found it surprisingly easy to kill for her.


A Hell of a Woman is Jim Thompson's homegrown version of Crime and Punishment. It is a novel utterly devoid of sentiment, where a murderer goes about his deadly business without a prayer of redemption.

About the Author

(1906 - 1977) James Meyers Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films “The Killing” and “Paths of Glory”). An outstanding crime writer, the world of his fiction is rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, Thompsons work at its best is both philosophical and experimental. Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).

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jennifer morrow, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by jennifer morrow)
Dolly Dillon is a poor sucker trying to hustle a meager living as a salesman/collector for Pay-E-Zee. He deals with bums trying to stiff the company on a daily basis. Then he meets helpless Mona and her pimping aunt. Suddenly Dolly doesn't feel so worthless because Mona is counting on Dolly to come up with some dough and take her away. And she knows where there is plenty of dough. He only needs to get the job done, then get rid of his lazy slob of a wife and that creepy, needling boss, Staples.
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Thompson, Jim
Vintage Books
New York :
Mystery & Detective - General
Detective and mystery stories
Mystery & detective
Mystery fiction
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Mystery-A to Z
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