By Jim Thompson
Younger, appealing, and fearfully abused, Mona used to be the type of woman even a difficult guy like Dillon couldn't convey himself to take advantage of. but if Mona informed him concerning the vicious aunt who had grew to become her into anything little larger than a prostitute--and concerning the funds the outdated woman has stashed away--Dillon came upon it unusually effortless to kill for her.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 without 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 few pages, during which the protagonist has a psychological breakdown, is written in alternating strains of conflicting awareness: its one of the so much evocative, scary, and gorgeous 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 through his paranoia; and his failure to get a grip on his lifestyles is, eventually, a human tragedy all too universal and one during which we needs to empathize with. between Thompson's most sensible works.
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Reportedly, the man was a thief who schooled his new bride in his trade. Wall faced the gallows for robbing a Miss Bender. the noose 25 I declare that I ever had a great aversion to stealing and telling lies, and think them to be great crimes. I always meant to tell truth, and never stole, except taking a few apples from orchards may be called so. samuel frost, convicted of murder, Massachusetts. Executed October 31, 1793 Before he was fourteen years of age, Frost killed his father, who had mistreated his mother.
46 chapter one The time will come when my innocence will be proven, and then Bob Dodge will haunt you for his murder. robert s. dodge , convicted of murder, California. Executed November 8, 1866 Borrowing a double-barrel shotgun, ostensibly to hunt quail, Dodge could not account for his whereabouts when a man who was quarreling with his brother was shot. Dodge went through two trials and during the second was found guilty of ﬁrst-degree murder. In prison, he attempted suicide by taking opium.
Samuel frost, convicted of murder, Massachusetts. Executed October 31, 1793 Before he was fourteen years of age, Frost killed his father, who had mistreated his mother. The young teen hit his father in the head with a shovel, then continued to strike his skull. He went to jail for a time but was released and moved from home to home. Eventually, he stayed with a man identiﬁed as Captain Allen, upon whom he repeated his crime: Frost beat him to death with a garden hoe. And now, as a dying man, I recommend to the charity of Christian neighbors, my distressed wife Lydia, who I leave with two small children, destitute of everything to help themselves with, and she big with child.
A Hell of a Woman by Jim Thompson