The Kill-Off

The Kill-Off

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by Jim Thompson
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Stephen King
"My favorite crime novelist-often imitated but never duplicated."
Chicago Tribune
"The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction."
Washington Post
"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."
The New York Times
"The best suspense writer going, bar none."
The New Republic
"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."
Vanity Fair
"The master of the American groin-kick novel."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375700354
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Stephen King
My favorite crime novelist-often imitated but never duplicated.

Meet the Author

Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detectivewhen 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).

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The Kill-Off 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite In the small seaside town of Manduwoc, memories of better economic times looms over the heads of the shoe-string community. Luanne Devore is the tie that binds them together and that is not for a good reason...she has a habit of spreading horrible gossip. Her imagination and telephone are her weapons of destruction. They all want her dead. One by one, the townsfolk tell their tales. Each has valid reason but who is it going to be when the inevitable finally comes? Her husband, Ralph, and his girlfriend, Dani? After all, the bedridden woman lies upon the thousands of dollars he has earned over the years. The doctor? The lawyer? The politician? They each could very well be driven over the edge by the devastation her tongue has caused. The doctor's son, so devious that even his parents are afraid? His girlfriend whom he has turned into a junky to beat and have his way at a whim? They see the money under the mattress as a way to get out of the near ghost town. There are more, just tapping their fingers...In a twisting tale of survival and demise, the reader is given enough information to evaluate who it will be and justify the action. I listened to audio book and while it was an interesting and captivating story, there were a few parts that were confusing. Sections had to be replayed a few times to figure out what I had missed That did detract from the enjoyment somewhat. Overall, though, I recommend this book to anybody who likes a good mystery.
RLoughran More than 1 year ago
This is the best-written crime-noir novel ever. The facility with which Jim Thompson unravels the characters and plot is deft, succinct, contolled and amazing. The novel is a series of 12 DIFFERENT first-person points-of-view. The narrative is seamless and would put every "literary" novel of the last half-century to shame. The book should be considered a classic in American Literature. Top shelf writing. Treat yourself and buy this book. You will be blown away.