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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (460 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Coleen Marlo, Robertson Dean Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Luane Devore’s days are numbered. All her neighbors in the declining seaside resort town of Manduwoc want her dead. Some, like her young husband Ralph and his girlfriend Danny, want the thousands of dollars she keeps hidden under the mattress she spends her days resting on. Others want her to stop her malicious gossip—some of which could ruin lives.

Told from multiple perspectives, The Kill-Off tells the story of a woman not long for this earth—but who will finally take matters into their own hands, and when? The Kill-Off was the basis of Maggie Greenwald’s critically acclaimed film of the same name.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the finest American writers…Read Jim Thompson and take a tour of hell.”

    New Republic

  • “Jim Thompson is the best suspense writer going, bar none.”

    The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/14/2014

    " Better than a whodunit. It's a whozgunnadoit? We all know someone will knock off the gossipy old lady. Which of the multiple narrators will finally do the deed? Nastily noire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paige | 12/10/2013

    " Not my favorite Thompson, but some interesting character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J | 12/9/2013

    " A good yarn from the master of hard-boiled fiction. Not a pretty picture of small town America, but it's somewhat tame compared to the rest of Jim Thompson's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 11/30/2013

    " Each chapter is told from the pov of a different character. The story is about a small town murder, hard times, singers, race relations, crazy, sinister people. "

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