Murder at the Bijou

  • by Jim Thompson
  • Narrated by Mike Dennis
  • 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Murder at the Bijou (originally titled Nothing More Than Murder) is noir master Jim Thompson's dizzying tale of deception, adultery, revenge, arson, and cold-blooded murder in Smalltown, U.S.A., Thompson's favorite setting. In this novel, Thompson's first major success as a pulp fiction writer, Joe Wilmot, trying to go straight after a stretch in the pen, finds a movie house in a small crossroads that can use a helping hand and someone with half a brain for business. The theater's owner, Elizabeth, isn't the smartest operator around - or is she? Joe and the plain Jane Elizabeth decide maybe it would be better for business if they got married. Why not? And then Carol shows up, a bit stale in the eye candy department but ready and willing to serve - in every way.
They've got insurance coverage on the movie house; their lives would all be better if the place maybe had an accident, a little fire. But things can go very wrong. And in Murder at the Bijou they do.
Fans of Jim Thompson will recognize the terse dialogue, plot twists and double-crosses, and a belief that nothing in the world is good, all of which makes Stephen King say that Jim Thompson is "My favorite crime novelist - often imitated but never duplicated."

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Where does Murder at the Bijou rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Only heard 2, this was 2nd best to The Killing


What did you like best about this story?

excellent characters and very suspenseful


Have you listened to any of Mike Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Listened to 1 other and both had excellent narration.


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- Roy Bonario

Sorry, but I just couldn't get into it.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narration, a bit more excitement during the story.


What was most disappointing about Jim Thompson’s story?

It was boring. A story that should have been very exciting was just flat and long drawn out.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was a murder mystery so I had to listen all the way through to find out the truth. But it was very difficult.


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- Genevieve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2015
  • Publisher: The Devault-Graves Agency