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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Jim Thompson (P)2011 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"My favorite crime novelist - often imitated but never duplicated." (Stephen King)
"Jim Thompson is the best suspense writer going, bar none." ( The New York Times)
"The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction." ( Chicago Tribune)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Darryl on 09-19-12

very good

I don't understand the don't' bother review. this is a very good JT. one of my favorites. I'm enjoying all the JTs that are popping up and have to say the Getaway is dropping down my JT list as I get more of these. and it's not like these are tedious slogs, they are quick moving and short enough to listen to quickly in a day or so. i thought this had a great scene at the end and I could see it as a film.

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2 out of 5 stars
By KB2187 on 07-13-18

Not Thompson's Best

I usually love Jim Thompson's work. Not this one. It's a mish-mash of competing stories. I don't think Thompson knew which one he wanted to tell. The entire book feels rushed, and, strangely, he changes point of view awkwardly.

The worst thing that I can say about any novel, I say about this one. About half way through the book, I just didn't care. I wanted the book to end--to get it done and over with so that I could move on to something else.

No recommended.

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