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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (255 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: R. C. Bray Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781611137354
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Joe Wilmot can’t stand his wife Elizabeth. But he sure loves her movie theater. It’s a modest establishment in a beat-down town—but Joe has the run of the place, and inside its walls, he’s king. Without the theater, he’d be sunk. Without his leadership, the theater would close in a heartbeat. If it isn’t the life Joe imagined for himself, at the very least, it’s livable.

Everything changes when Joe falls for the housemaid Carol, and the two can’'t keep it a secret from Elizabeth. Elizabeth won’t leave Joe the theater unless he provides for her … but he’s put all his money into the show house.

Carol and Joe’s only hope is the life insurance policies they’ve taken out on each other. If one of them were to be presumed dead, they’d have more than enough money to solve all their problems.

No one knows murder better than Jim Thompson and in this incisive foray into the dark dealings of the mid-twentieth century movie industry, he doesn’t disappoint with the riveting story of a love triangle gone horribly wrong and just how far one man will go to hold on to a desperate dream.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of atmosphere, this has a fabuloulsy old-school feel. But there’s nothing cozy about this sharp vision of corrupt small-town life.”

    Daily Mirror (London)

  • “Thompson is both a brilliant and entirely uncompromising writer, and here in place of sentiment and salvation is the real and unflinching, bitter unraveling of the American dream.”

    Glasgow Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Hart | 12/8/2013

    " another classic. Wilmot is the textbook amoral anti-hero, cast in the role of small town businessman. doesn't sound exciting? just read the book. great twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 7/25/2013

    " as pulp goes, this one is perfectly crafted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/27/2013

    " 3 1/2. This is the only Thompson I've read. Loved the movie house setting. Need to pick up some more of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 3/31/2013

    " Sometimes a man and woman love and hate each other in equal measure that they can neither stay together nor break apart. Some marriages can only end in murder and some murders only make the ties of love and hatred stronger. This book proves just that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/12/2013

    " Not Thompson's best, but still a solid work of pulpy fiction. Tough to beat his own The Getaway, The Killer Inside Me, After Dark My Sweet, The Grifters, and even also-ran greats such as The Nothing Man, Texas By the Tail and Savage Night. Gritty schtuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 todd | 1/9/2013

    " permeated by a sense of ineluctable doom. good riff on love/hate relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 8/19/2012

    " Another masterpiece of hardboiled crime fiction elevated by the way Thompson depicts the desperation and frality of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 4/20/2012

    " noir-ish crime novel set in the old movie-house days -- like but didn't love. Might not be Thompson's best, though, I should give him another try. "

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About the Author
Author Jim ThompsonJim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also co-wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory"). Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).
About the Narrator

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award.