Nothing More than Murder

Nothing More than Murder

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by Jim Thompson
     
 

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Joe Wilmot can't stand his wife Elizabeth. But he sure loves her movie theater. It's a modest establishment in a beat-down town--but Joe has the run of the place, and inside its walls, he's king. Without the theater, he'd be sunk. Without his leadership, the theater would close in a heartbeat. If it isn't the life Joe imagined for himself, at the very least, it's…  See more details below

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Joe Wilmot can't stand his wife Elizabeth. But he sure loves her movie theater. It's a modest establishment in a beat-down town--but Joe has the run of the place, and inside its walls, he's king. Without the theater, he'd be sunk. Without his leadership, the theater would close in a heartbeat. If it isn't the life Joe imagined for himself, at the very least, it's livable.

Everything changes when Joe falls for the housemaid Carol, and the two can't keep it a secret from Elizabeth. Elizabeth won't leave Joe the theater unless he provides for her...but he's put all his money into the show house.

Carol and Joe's only hope is the life insurance policies they've taken out on each other. If one of them were to be presumed dead, they'd have more than enough money to solve all their problems...

No one knows murder better than Jim Thompson and in this incisive foray into the dark dealings of the mid-20th century movie industry, he doesn't disappoint, in the riveting story of a love triangle gone horribly wrong, and just how far one man will go to hold on to a desperate dream.

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316195843
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
12/25/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,015,051
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

James Meyers 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 wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory"). An outstanding crime writer, the world of his fiction is rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, Thompson's work at its best is both philosophical and experimental. 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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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite Jim Thompson was a prolific writer during his lifetime. Unfortunately, it was not until after his death that he obtained a large following. His novels fall into the category of mystery. I think I would call them mystery with a unique twist. His characters are often bizarre leaving you to wonder who are the good guys and who are the bad ones. Perhaps he hit on the truth . . . there are no good guys. Thompson transports his readers to the 1940s. He shares the culture of the era. In "Nothing More Than Murder", the focus is on a slimy small town filled with venality, treachery, and immorality. In the novel Thompson introduces readers to Joe Wilmer, part-owner of a movie theater. He is egotistical and self-serving. He cared very little for others but he enjoyed being boss and having power. Jim Thompson’s murder mysteries are perplexing, to say the least. He throws in transitions, twists and misleading clues that keep the reader wondering what is next, what did he mean and how can this be solved. Thompson knows how to allow fear to slowly build. Few writers today can accomplish this the same way Thompson did. He also knew how to mislead readers and keep them disoriented. This was his natural style which worked well as pulp fiction. When you pick up a book by Jim Thompson you know there is going to be at least one murder. In this book everyone tries to use the murder to their own gain. I found a bit of humor as the aftermath of the murder brought out the greed in the citizens. When it comes to a Jim Thompson mystery readers seem to either love them or hate them. Many love the nostalgic look back to the past while others find it bewildering. We have come a long way from the old cinema culture