A Hell of a Woman

A Hell of a Woman Qui N Tiene La Potestad De Perdonar Una Vida O De Dar Muerte En El Caso De Dillon, Un Vendedor A Domicilio De Escasa Moral, Todas Las Dudas Se Disipan Cuando Conoce A La Joven Y Fr Gil Mona, Que Durante A Os Ha Sido V Ctima De Las Maldades De Su T A, Una Rica Anciana Que Ha Llegado A Convertirla Pr Cticamente En Una Prostituta No Merece La Muerte Un Ser Tan Despreciable, Lascivo, Corrupto Y Podrido Sin Duda Alguna, Aunque Dillon No Haya Llegado A Valorar Que Cualquier Acto Acarrea Consecuencias, Y Que La Conciencia Propia Quiz Tenga Brechas Ocultas Que Solo Se Descubren Al Ponerla A Prueba

See this thread for information. James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.Thompson wrote than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the late 1940s through mid 1950s Despite some positive critical notice, notably by Anthony Boucher in the New York Times, he was little recognized in his lifetime Only after death did Thompson s literary stature grow, when in the late 1980s, several novels were re published in the Black Lizard series of re discovered crime fiction.Thompson s writing culminated in a few of his best regarded works The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman and Pop 1280 In these works, Thompson turned the derided pulp genre into literature and art, featuring unreliable narrators, odd structure, and surrealism.The writer R.V Cassills has suggested that of all pulp fiction, Thompson s was the rawest and most harrowing that neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler nor even Horace McCoy, author of the bleak They Shoot Horses, Don t They , ever wrote a book within miles of Thompson 1 Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompson s work because The guy was over the top The guy was absolutely over the top Big Jim didn t know the meaning of the word stop There are three brave lets inherent in the forgoing he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it Thompson admired Fyodor Dostoevsky and was nicknamed Dimestore Dostoevsky by writer Geoffrey O Brien Film director Stephen Frears, who directed an adaptation of Thompson s The Grifters as 1990 s The Grifters, also identified elements of Greek tragedy in his themes.

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • A Hell of a Woman
  • Jim Thompson
  • English
  • 08 March 2017
  • 9780752852102

10 thoughts on “A Hell of a Woman

  1. says:

    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 house, he plans to kill her and 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 quickly descends into madness.Frank 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 quite jarring toward the end.That 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.

  2. says:

    It s nice to know that when everyday life starts to seem kind of depressing that you can escape into a good book Unless that book is by Jim Thompson Then you re screwed.Frank Dolly Dillon will tell you that he s a hard working joe saddled with a lazy wife, and he just can t catch a break at his job as salesman collection agent for a company that sells cheap goods on credit to poor people While making his rounds Dolly meets Mona, a young woman who is being pimped out her by nasty old aunt, and Dolly finds himself sympathetic towards her even though he s got his hands full with his own problems at work.In some ways this is a typical noir story with a small time loser coming up with a criminal scheme to get the better life he thinks he deserves However, since this is Jim Thompson the plot takes enough twists and turns to keep you guessing even if you have a pretty good idea of the outcome What I like best about Thompson is the way could write lead characters who tell us one thing in their narration, but whose actions say a whole lot about what they re really like Dolly is a nasty little piece of work, and he s what makes this one really hum At least until the very end I didn t much care for the last chapter which knocked this down a bit for me.It s exactly what you d expect from Jim Thompson telling this kind of story, and that s pretty damn good.

  3. says:

    Top notch pulp masterpiece Jim Thompson has a well deserved reputation 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 reading 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 reader laughing out loud.A 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 reader is left to figure how much of what Dolly Dillon says is accurate and how much is his making excuses for his actions.As with all of Thompson s books, it is not 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 with.There are simply no redeeming characters in this book Dillon is wife beating, old lady murdering, scum Mona eagerly wants Dillon to kill her aunt so they can run 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 cheat.But, 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 restaurant, Dillon says its all the same everywhere, nothing is any better anywhere No one else writes like this Thompson didn t just focus on the anti heroes, but he got inside their heads and the reader 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 well.It is, indeed, a pulp noir masterpiece, but it clearly will not appeal to everyone given its focus on twisted people.

  4. says:

    L enfer, c est les autres Jean Paul Sartre, No ExitThere is only so much Jim Thompson one should read in a summer Even an Arizona summer starts to seem dark under 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, reading this Dimestore Dostoevsky is going to bend you no matter how this book measures up to Thompson s other stuff This novel reads like a linear, painful nervous breakdown The women hurt and the money doesn t help Just remember 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 roll Some people never catch an easy day This book is for the poor, the misunderstood, the downtrodden It is a book to remind those poor sons of bitches that not only could their lot be worse, but yeah baby, someday it most certainly WILL be worse.

  5. says:

    This is the first Jim Thompson book I ve read 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 young woman, and hatches a plot to steal some dough from her aunt, who s a down right deplorable old witch that pimps out her niece to everyone around town But eventually, it evolves into this totally bizarre and unpredictable character driven ride And WHOA WHAT AN ENDING I 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 about even the puke was beautiful like everything else.

  6. says:

    these 3 star ratings reflect a lack of consistency as thompson was a pulpdrunk piece of shit meet a deadline writer who could reach great heights but then d mar the work with some sloppyass booshit just as simenon, in response to a question asking if he had a great book in him, said that all his slim, singularly focused books were mere tiles in a great mosaic, i kinda think thompson s oeuvre adds up to something greater than the sum of its parts they usually follow a pretty traditional route until they flip off into the realm of total batshittiness which we like the unreliable narrators, linguistic experimentation, clashes in tone, the slowburn and eventual total dissolution of a character s entire fucking identity, grotesques who d fit right in in ol sherwood s winesburg we like we like a lot.

  7. says:

    Dammit, I knew it I just reviewed the whole Jim Thompson omnibus when deep down I knew that one review 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 rain 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 ever be All of a sudden something seemed to snap inside of my head It was just like I wasn t any, like I d just shriveled up and disappeared And in my place there was nothing but a deep hole, a deep black hole, with a light shining down from the top.Whoa baby, this is Thompson firing on 5 cylinders with no brakes and a seized up shock absorber, black as pitch and writing from the heart, or as close to it as his sleazy choice of genre will allow Better still, that genre takes him places he maybe couldn t get otherwise through some sordid, creepy acts of violence and scenes of dialogue reminiscent of Crime and Punishment in their potential double meanings, which play on the paranoiac narrator s nerves to the point of near insanity For once, the dimestore Dostoevsky appellation does not seem misplaced The self justifying and self pity is just about pitch perfect too, as is the humble pie act, which in Killer or Pop 1280 seems too self conscious but here is so close to the line between conscious act and delusion that the narrator himself seems unsure whether to believe it or not And this tightrope walk between aware and otherwise may be the essence of Thompson s genius There s a scene around the middle of Woman in which the narrator, Frank Dolly Dillon, is suddenly confronted with a Where did you get that money by a character we know has been playing it coy for several pages, and even though we see it coming it s chilling, because what we can t know is just how Dolly will react, given that he s been lulling himself in a dream world by deliberately taking things at face value A repeated line throughout this That s how I wanted it to be, so that s how it was Of course because it s Thomspon and Thompson at his most free it s never gonna be perfect Funny thing, in Killer he had the narrator bitch about contemporary fiction writers, about their propensity to dispense with grammar and get all experimental at the climaxes to their novels, yet this is exactly what he does here and to a lesser degree in Killer itself Added to that a slightly hokey story within the story device in which the narrator writes and rewrites an increasingly delusional autobiography is out of place here, yet works psychologically and thanks to the rapid fire style of the whole manages not to offend In contrast, the slangy conversational style is brilliant as good as just about anything I ve read by Thompson or anyone else for that matter some of it so hilarious that I would laugh out loud and shake my head in admiration for minutes after reading the choicest parts So too the sex scenes these truly are genius, for suggesting so much with so little, for staying well out of range of the censors while managing to be both thrilling and gruesome in their import, and giving ample motivation for ol Dolly to tie the noose ever tighter round his neck in his struggle to grasp his ideal image of woman And when it comes down to it that s really the crux of this book, and why I think it is essential for an understanding of its author it s about the delusions inspired by sex and romantic love it s Thompson s Vertigo and, you ask me, it s the explication of a subtext that runs through all his work, and motivates most if not all of the dirty little crimes of his protagonists Added to that, this is pulp, shamelessly so, and all the better for it No pretensions to literary in joking as in Killer in which the narrator, a deep thinker and bibliophile in the guise of a pea brained yokel, seems almost like a scathing self portrait of Thompson the literary master trapped in the body of a pulp writer nah, here it s just a street talking over reaching everyman on the road to ruin in an unnamed hellhole in middle America, and despite his cramming an impressive array of stylistic tricks into the delivery the mask never drops we never catch Thompson drawing attention to himself Make no mistake, this is sordid It s brave It s funny And even though the end will have you scratching your head it gets the point across, and at least suggests a satisfying hall of mirrors effect which, while a touch too experimental , is well within and somehow even emblematic of the pulp tradition to which it aspires.we smoked the hay we started sniffing the snow guzzle the juice and puff the mary and sniff the c we did that and then we went on the h we started riding the main line we were blind, too paralysed to feel, too numb but everything began to get beautiful.Jeez, it s ridiculous, but gloriously, liberatingly so, especially when you remind yourself this is 1954 And remember, this is the guy that wrote Kubrick s Paths of Glory he s a seriously good writer in the old fashioned sense But something s come over him You want fever dream This is pretty close to it Lonesome, he said The man said I looked lonesome And I had all kinds of company All kinds All dead All jumping up in front of me wherever I looked, all laughing and crying and singing in my mind.You pull a thread out of this and it d fall apart And there s loose threads here plenty But you wanna hear a howl from the throat of the 20th century Proletarian pushed to breaking point by babes and booze and survival of the fittest consumerism, you could do a lot worse Could be, for all its cartoonish surreal absurdity, that A Hell of a Woman is some kinda Great American Novel The best kind camouflaged Set to blow.

  8. says:

    This is vintage Jim Thompson a story filled with irredeemable characters and lots of sex, violence and alcohol Frank Dillon is an outside salesman collector 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 rescued from the aunt who abuses her by trading Mona s favors rather than paying her bills.Frank 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 But poor Frank doesn t know that he s wandered into Jim Thompson country and that things are probably not going to turn out well.

  9. says:

    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 rude, no nonsense protagonist and a metric ton of witty smart mouthing.

  10. says:

    I 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 leering right at you in a darkened office That cover pulled 3.95 out of my pocket in record time Since it was my last 3.95 I had to go downtown and donate my blood so I could have money for books.I read A Hell Of A Woman lying on a gurney pumping my plasma for book dough, and the transfusion didn t make my blood 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 be read to be believed.

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