By James Calemine
Jim Thompson’s 1954 novel A Hell of a Woman contains no soft-hearted sentiments. A Hell of a Woman tells the story of salesman/killer Dolly Dillon. Mr. Dillon tried to do the right thing, but eventually bodies begin turning up.
Thompson’s ability to tell a story transcends time. His vivid descriptions are concise and memorable, but it’s his dialogue that mesmerizes. Born in Oklahoma, Thompson wrote 29 novels. Books like The Getaway and Killer Inside Me capture the essence of his cutthroat prose. Thompson also wrote two screenplays for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory.
The writer indicated the other title for this book was ‘A Man’s Fight Against High Odds And Low Women’. The title surfaces several times in the story. However, in this tale the female folk uphold their end of the bargain. It is hard to forget the female characters Mona and Joyce in these 185 pages. This is a slicing tale about the dark side of human nature.
Read the Jim Thompson story in Insured Beyond The Grave Vol. 2…