A Swell-Looking Babe by Jim Thompson

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By Jim Thompson

The Manton appears like a decent resort. Dusty Rhodes appears like a selfless younger guy operating as a bellhop. And the lady in 1004 seems like an angel. yet occasionally appears can kill, as Jim Thompson demonstrates during this imaginative and prescient of the crime novel as gothic.

First released in 1954


"The Oedipus complicated, Thompson-style.

Young university drop-out invoice "Dusty" Rhodes is operating as a bellboy on the Manton lodge until eventually he can get his existence positioned so he can return to varsity. however the cash is nice and the task is simple and Dusty has his in poor health previous father to help. He loves his dad yet doesn't comprehend the place the outdated guy spends all of the funds Dusty supplies him. Then the swell-looking babe, a gray-haired older girl, assessments into the inn and Dusty can't cease wondering how appealing she is and what kind of she reminds him of his deceased mom.
Another inn visitor occurs to be the neighborhood mob boss who Dusty owes a opt to and dad's legal professional, a wily little man, retains popping up.

Everybody wishes anything, and in Thompson's books you recognize they'll get what they deserve. I get pleasure from his books simply because Thompson might delve into taboo matters, which used to be quite his distinctiveness, in a fashion that slot in with the pulp writing of the time whereas nonetheless writing essentially adequate to surprise glossy readers. In his novels he went again to the topic of madness over and over whereas giving each one personality their very own explanation for their madness and their very own warped perceptions."

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With an okaying nod from Altman, Randall handed it to the reporter, who then summarized out loud. "He asks how Mr. Carter did the research for his book. What were the sources he used? How did he learn about the most efficient way a murderer would kill someone? And he's curious about the mental makeup of a killer. " Altman shook his head. "No clue as to where he might've gone. We'll get his name into NCIC and ViCAP but, hell, he could be anywhere. " Since Bob Fletcher's Robbery division would've handled the vandalism at the Greenville library's Three Pines branch, which they now knew Desmond was responsible for, Altman sent Randall to ask the sergeant if he'd found any leads that would be helpful.

Altman was about to call Fletcher's phone again when a voice clattered over the car's radio. "All units. Reports of shots fired on Route One-twenty-eight just west of Ralph's Grocery. Repeat, shots fired. " "We're three minutes away. " Altman pushed the accelerator to the floor and they broke into three-digit speed. After a brief, harrowing ride, the squad car crested a hill. " Altman could see Bob Fletcher's police interceptor half on, half off the road. He skidded to a stop nearby and the two officers jumped out.

And she was also completely ignorant of her role as the object of his demented desire. Clara shivered in her bathrobe, standing on the sidewalk along with a clutch of chattering neighbors as they watched the firemen extinguish the blaze and offered words of sympathy to the dismayed owner of the car, who lived a few doors away. Finally the onlookers grew bored, or repulsed by the bitter smell of the burnt rubber and plastic, and they returned to their beds or their late-night snacks or their mind-numbing TV.

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