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ARIZONA SUMMER STARTS TO SEEM DARKsummer starts to seem dark the weight of too much Thompson Finishing this book makes me want to punch someone Hard Look this isn t his best pitch I get it He s done better stuff Things that will hang with you longer Stories that were a bit dynamic But still eading this Dimestore Dostoevsky is going to bend you no matter how this book measures up to Thompson s other stuff This novel eads like a linear painful nervous breakdown The women hurt and the money doesn t help Just emember folks Life isn t fair Women are hard Money is damn slippery It all becomes that much complicated when you are beat down and a bit crazy to boot Some people never get a lucky oll Some people never catch an easy day This book is for the poor the misunderstood the downtrodden It is a book to emind those poor sons of bitches that not only could their lot be w This is vintage Jim Thompson a story filled with irredeemable characters and lots of sex violence and alcohol Frank Dillon is an outside salesmancollector for a company that preys on low income people He drinks too hard and plays fast and loose with his company accounts A parade of unsatisfactory women have passed through his life all of them memorable only for the faults they displayed And then Frank meets the beautiful Mona a sexy young woman desperately in need of being escued from the aunt who abuses her by trading Mona s favors ather than paying her billsFrank is immediately entranced and thinks that Mona might finally be the woman he s waited for He s even excited to learn that he might not only have Mona but a huge pile of money as well And all he has to do to get both the girl and the cash is kill a Couple Of People Who Desperately Deserve Killing of people who desperately deserve killing poor Frank doesn t know that he s wandered into Jim Thompson country and that things are probably not going to turn out well I Ninth City Burning remember buying this when Black Lizard first came out and the cover was laminated with an amazing cover by Nancy McGregor showing an insane Marilyn Monroe leeringight at you in a darkened office That cover pulled 395 out of my pocket in The Extras record time Since it was my last 395 I had to go downtown and donate my blood so I could have money for booksIead A Hell Of A Woman lying on a gurney pumping my plasma for book dough and the transfusion didn t make my blood Özgüven Öğrenilebilir run cold this awesome novel did A credit shark named Dolly kills an old woman who holds her stuttering imbecile of a niece captive so he can play house with her The climax to the book is unlike anything ever written and has to beead to be believe. Ui a studiare un piano perfetto per impossessarsi del malloppo farla franca e fuggire con Mona il passo è breve Peccato che Dolly è già sposato e che sua moglie ha la brutta tendenza a ficcare il naso nelle faccende che non la iguardano e a fiutare il profumo dei soldi da lontano un miglio E lo stesso vale per il suo capo.
Jim Thompson Á 8 Summary
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starts to seem kind OF DEPRESSING THAT YOU CAN ESCAPE depressing that you can escape a good book Unless that book by Jim Thompson Then you Irony and Idyll: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park on Screen re screwedFrank Dolly Dillon will tell you that h these 3 staratings Our Yanks reflect a lack of consistency as thompson was a pulpdrunk piece of shit meet a deadline writer who couldeach great heights but then d mar the work with some sloppyass booshit just as simenon in esponse to a uestion asking if he had a great book in him said that all his slim singularly focused A masterclass in noir A Hell of a Woman delves into crime paranoia passion and madness It also has some of my favorite noir tropes such as a ude no nonsense protagonist and a metric ton of witty smart mouthing Top notch pulp masterpiece Jim Thompson has a well deserved eputation as one of the greatest of all the pulp writers He wrote thirty novels in the late 1940 s and the 1950 s many of which later became box office hits But watching a movie based on one of Thompson s books is not the same as eading the original material Although hundreds of writers have tried to ape his style there was only one Jim Thompson His tales are sordid They are filled with psychopaths and grifters His heroes are anti heroes They are not just criminals but often mean violent sadistic men Also his books are filled with a sardonic sense of humor that often leaves the eader laughing out loudA Hell of A Woman is classic Jim Thompson It is filled with the kind of characters and sardonic humor that Thompson is famous for It is told in the first person and the eader is left to figure how much of what Dolly Dillon says is accurate and how much is his making excuses for his actionsAs with all of Thompson S Books It Is books it is the plot which is ultimately fascinating but his bizarre despair filled world beginning in the first chapter with the shocking incident of the old lady offering up her sweet niece in exchange for whatever trinkets a traveling salesman is willing to part withThere are simply no West Winds of Wyoming redeeming characters in this book Dillon is wife beating old lady murdering scum Mona eagerly wants Dillon to kill her aunt so they canun off with the money Joyce is sloppy and trampy and money hungry It s a bleak miserable world that Dillon lives in and everyone is a welcher a scoundrel a cheatBut what Thompson does is take this miserable existence and makes it interesting He tells it with Dillon s voice with Dillon bitching about the slow unattractive waitresses and when asked why he doesn t try some other The Necessary Art of Persuasion restaurant Dillon says its all the same everywhere nothing is any better anywhere No one else writes like this Thompson didn Dopo una vita di delusioni e di donne sbagliate alle spalle Frank Dolly Dillon si èidotto a fare il venditore porta a porta in una piccola cittadina sperduta al centro dell'America Finché un giorno non suona alla porta giusta o forse a uella sbagliata Ad aprirgli è una vecchia megera che in cambio di un servizio di posat. ,life starts to seem kind of depressing that you can escape into a good book Unless that book
Just focus on the anti heroes but he got inside their heads and the eader felt their misery and Thompson did this way before anyone else got wise to doing it Indeed it is the physicality of emotions that Thompson conveys so wellIt is indeed a pulp noir masterpiece but it clearly will not appeal to everyone given its focus on twisted people This is the first Jim Thompson book I ve ead 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 for a meek but strangely attractive woman and hatches a plot to steal some dough from her aunt who s a down ight deplorable old witch that pimps out her niece to everyone around town But eventually it evolves into this totally bizarre and unpredictable character driven ide And WHOA WHAT AN ENDINGI 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 abouteven the puke was beautiful like everything else Dammit I knew it I just eviewed the whole Jim Thompson omnibus when deep down I knew that one eview of A Hell of a Woman would say just about all I need to say about Jim Thompson It s great An underrated classic From the first page you know this is Thompson at his best the girl glimpsed through a window in a lightning storm the hard luck shyster salesman cum debt collector out in the ain lusting after her and the slang talking first person POV he would make famous in The Killer Inside Me only here put to work in the service of a story to my mind deeper than Killer could Down on his luck salesman Frank Dillon meets a girl named Mona who s being abused and practically put on the street corner by her elderly aunt When Dillon finds out the aunt has over a hundred thousand dollars hidden in the a hundred thousand dollars hidden in the he plans to kill her and May Day run off with Mona Unfortunately this book was written by Jim ThompsonNobody writes noir tales about the wheels coming off an already shaky plan like old Mr Cheerful himself Jim Thompson A Hell of a Woman is a tale very nearly from the James M Cain mold Man meets woman bumps off someone in order to be with her then uickly descends into madnessFrank Dillon coming unglued is a testament to Jim Thompson s skill as a writer As things start coming unraveled Frank s cracking is very believable The way his personality splits into two parts was very well done and uite jarring toward the endThat s about all I can say without giving too much away This is definitely an upper tier Jim Thompson book It s an easy four stars L enfer c est les autres Jean Paul. E o di un soprabito è pronta a gettargli fra le braccia la giovane e bella nipote Mona Ma c'è di più a Dolly basta parlare per pochi minuti con laagazza per capire che Mona è diventata da tempo merce da dare in pasto al migliore offerente e che la vecchia zia ha da parte un bel gruzzolo centomila dollari addirittura Da. .