By Jim Thompson
Younger, appealing, and fearfully abused, Mona used to be the type of woman even a difficult guy like Dillon couldn't deliver himself to exploit. but if Mona informed him in regards to the vicious aunt who had became her into anything little higher than a prostitute--and concerning the funds the previous girl has stashed away--Dillon stumbled on 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 totally without sentiment, the place a assassin is going approximately his lethal company with out a 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 attention: its one of the such a lot 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 simply by means of his paranoia; and his failure to get a grip on his existence is, finally, 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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Fuck him! He means nothing to me, the two-faced filthy rat. He made his choice − for all the luck she brought him! I told him that God pays back debts without money, and look what happened. ’ The venom in her voice wasn’t lost on her son; he knew that no matter what she said, deep down, she still loved the man. It was the weakness of women. There had never been another man for her and at first it had not been for want of suitors. They had come thick and fast. She had had a lot to offer − not just in looks, but because she was also very well set up.
Johnny MacNamara, affectionately known as Johnny Mac, sighed. He saw exactly where all this was going. ‘Only in one eye, Cain . ’ Cain Moran laughed at that, a deep, sarcastic laugh. ‘Oh, why didn’t you say that before! He’s only half blind, then? What a cunt I am, eh? ’ Johnny Mac instinctively stood in front of Sean Bowers, attempting to defuse the situation, but Sean, a nice enough lad prone to talking before he had fully engaged his brain, said plaintively, ‘You told me to teach him a lesson, Cain.
It was only natural, David supposed. Away from family and friends, living in a vacuum, it must have been hard. Even in the poke, Cain Moran’s legend had still grown. The man had thwarted two attempts on his life, and each time he had come out on top. Not an easy thing in such a controlled environment, especially one ruled, more often than not, by the people incarcerated there in the first place. David hoped Moran was up for a few words; it would be fabulous to get his advice on life and how to best present yourself.