Frank "Dolly" Dillon has a job he hates, working sales and collections for Pay-E-Zee Stores; a wife named Joyce he can't stand; and an account balance that barely allows him to pay the bills each month. Working door-to-door one day, trying to eke money out of folk with even less of it than he has, Dolly crosses paths with a beautiful young woman named Mona Farrell. Mona's being forced by her aunt to do things she doesn't like, with men she doesn't know - she wants out, any way she can get it. And to a man who wants nothing of what he has, Mona sure looks like something he actually does.
Soon Dolly and Mona find themselves involved in a scheme of robbery, murder, and mayhem that makes Dolly's blood run cold. And as Dolly's plans begin to unravel, his mind soon follows.
In A Hell of a Woman, Jim Thompson offers another arresting portrait of a deviant mind, in an ambitious crime novel that ranks among his best work.
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I LOVE Jim Thompson's Stuff!
Yes. Because of the narrator. Thomas Kelly is performance is perfect. He actually makes the story come more alive. Usually, it's the other way around, where reading the story is better. But, not this time. This is a GREAT listen.
Thomas Kelly's perfect narration.
I know Jim Thompson mostly from the movies that have been made from his books. The Grifters. After Dark, My Sweet. And, my favorite, The Getaway (both versions). This is my first Jim Thompson novel outside of those movies, and I absolutely loved it.