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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (229 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: March 2012 ISBN: 9781611130072
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Britton Rainstar never knew he could love a woman as deeply as he does Manuela Aloe and be so terrified of her at the same time. It’s not just that he thinks she’s out of his league. It’s more that the longer he stays with her, the closer to death he seems to come. A vicious dog is somehow let loose in his hotel room. He’s threatened at gunpoint by a man in a skeleton costume. And when he finally ends up in the hospital, someone pushes his wheelchair down the stairs.

Nothing anything like this has ever happened to Britt before—and while Manuela’s never around when the so-called “accidents” happen, neither can Britt prove she’s behind the many threats on his life. Is a rival for Manuela’s affections trying to chase him away? Is there more to Manuela herself than meets the eye? Whatever it is, Britt better find out fast—before whoever’s after him hits their mark, and the man who never thought he’d land the ultimate girl ends up paying the ultimate price. Download and start listening now!

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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
  • The Rip-Off has a comedic tilt as Britt Rainstar’s life is turned upside down after meeting the luscious Manuela Aloe. Thompson is always a fun ride.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marian | 4/26/2013

    " Another irresistibly mindless Jim Thompson novel. They so run together . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobby | 2/28/2013

    " The good news is that it's a quick read. As a stand alone book, it's not as bad as you'll hear. When compared against Thompson's greater works, it's pretty forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 10/17/2012

    " Quick, fun read. Very visual, you can imagine a movie. Weak ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 9/22/2012

    " A lesser work by one of my favorite writers. "

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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

Brian Troxell is an Atlanta-based actor and voice talent who can be seen and heard on television, film, radio, podcasts, and the live stage. Brian is a regular cast member of the Sketchworks sketch comedy troupe, and performs regularly with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company. He can also be heard as a cast member of the Harry Strange Radio Drama.