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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (628 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Brian Troxell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It was supposed to be only a temporary job—something to pay the bills until Dusty could get his feet back on the ground and raise enough money for medical school. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being a bellboy at a respectable hotel like the Manton—that is, until she came along.

Marcia Hillis. The perfect woman. Beautiful. Experienced. Older and wiser. The only woman to ever measure up to that other her—the one whose painful rejection Dusty can’t quite put from his mind.

But while Dusty has designs on Marcia, Marcia has an agenda of her own. One that threatens to pull the Manton inside-out, use Dusty up for all he’s worth and leave him reeling and on the run, the whole world at his heels.

A richly-imagined crime narrative of the Oedipal and betrayal, A Swell-Looking Babe is Thompson at his very best—a cornerstone in Thompson’s enduring legacy as the Dimestore Dostoyevsky of American fiction. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • The best suspense writer going, bar none. The New York Times
  • My favorite crime novelist-often imitated but never duplicated. Stephen King
  • If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich would have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it...His work...casts a dazzling light on the human condition. Washington Post
  • Like Clint Eastwood's pictures it's the stuff for rednecks, truckers, failures, psychopaths and professors ... one of the finest American writers and the most frightening, [Thompson] is on best terms with the devil. Read Jim Thompson and take a tour of hell. The New Republic
  • The master of the American groin-kick novel. Vanity Fair
  • The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction. Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kris | 2/6/2014

    " My least favorite Jim Thompson novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas | 2/3/2014

    " Made me feel icky and miserable, like a good crime novel should. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Roy | 1/26/2014

    " 2-1/2 stars for a book I was not overwhelmed by, but the pages of this short noir novel raced by quickly enough. Thompson's prose, at least in this particular book which is the first by him that I've read, didn't resonate as powerfully as say Raymond Chandler or Walter Mosley or Chester Himes. But he did a fine job putting the reader into the confused mind of a lead character trying to figure out the constantly shifting whirlwind going on around him, and slowly revealing the young man's true character and motivations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gordon | 1/15/2014

    " LOVE JIm Thomson. His dialog can't be matched. And the way he gets inside his characters. Any of his books are great. Most famous: The Killer Inside Me. Highly recommend that! "

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