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by Jim Thompson

eBook A Swell Looking Babe (Crime Masterworks) download ISBN: 0752852116
Author: Jim Thompson
Publisher: Orion; n.e. edition (June 1, 2003)
Language: English
ePub: 1768 kb
Fb2: 1492 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery

Guys working right across the street from m. I guess I just don't look like a guy who'd get out of line

Guys working right across the street from me. But never me. I guess I just don't look like a guy who'd get out of line. I may talk and act that way, but I don't look it. And I don't, if you know what I mean, really feel i. t was about ten o'clock in the morning by the time they got me booked and locked up. I looked around the tank, the bullpen, and I'm not snobbish or anything, you understand, but I went over in a corner and sat down by myself. I just couldn't take it, somehow.

Gripping from the start, never a dull moment, and then a quiet and rather unsatisfactory ending.

by. Jim Thompson (Author). I've read several Thompson novels in the Crime Masterworks series and he always finds a way of dropping your jaw onto your chest. This was a strange book. Gripping from the start, never a dull moment, and then a quiet and rather unsatisfactory ending. If Thompson was a modern author, instead of 140 pages, the book would have had 400. Thompson's style is lean.

A Swell-Looking Babe. Little, Brown and Company. New York Boston London. Even with his face lathered, tautened and twisted to receive the strokes of the razor, he was good-looking, and, more important, intelligent-looking

A Swell-Looking Babe. Even with his face lathered, tautened and twisted to receive the strokes of the razor, he was good-looking, and, more important, intelligent-looking. As a youngster, when the other kids had dubbed him with such hateful titles as Pretty Boy and Dolly, he had detested those good looks. And while he had eventually become resigned to them, he had always resented them. They could get him nothing he wanted, nothing, with ten years of college study to complete, that he had time for.

A richly-imagined crime narrative of the Oedipal and betrayal, A SWELL-LOOKING BABE is Thompson at his very best-a cornerstone in Thompson's enduring legacy as the Dimestore Dostoyevsky of American fiction. Format Paperback 208 pages.

But sometimes looks can kill, as Jim Thompson demonstrates in this vision of the crime novel as gothic. No one could ever accuse Jim Thompson of playing it safe. A Swell-Looking Babe contains material that many readers will find to be outside their comfort zone. To be more specific, the book has an underlying theme of Oedipal love which, in places, gets a bit graphic. Much of the narrative takes place in the Manton Hotel. Bill "Dusty" Rhodes is the lone bellboy on the graveyard shift. His dream of pursuing higher education has been put on hold because he has to work to support himself and his disabled father.

Little, Brown and Company. Oh, well, I needed some new ones anyway. I looked at her, taking it all so calm and casual, and something seemed to snap inside my head. I wanted to hurt her, to hurt someone and she was the nearest thing at hand. So you needed some new ones, I said. Well, as I was saying, that was the way Bob had used to be. Back during the war when there was more terrazzo and tile work than you could shake a stick at, and your only problem was priorities. I’ll tell you: things were a lot different in those days.

Doc McCoy knows everything there is to know about pulling off the perfect bank job. But there are some things he has forgotten-such as a partner who is not only treacherous but insane and a wife who is still an amateur. Worst of all, McCoy has forgotten that when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway. About the Author: B Anadarko, Oklahoma, 1906, d. 1977.

Swell-Looking Babe – Jim Thompson Savage night – Jim Thompson. Specially Jim Thompson ones and most of the authors. I checked Orion site for current Crime Masterwork books and they aren't more 10 currently

Swell-Looking Babe – Jim Thompson Savage night – Jim Thompson. They must be out of print like a few of the Fantasy Masterworks. I checked Orion site for current Crime Masterwork books and they arent more 10 currently. I checked Orion site for current Crime Masterwork books and they aren't more 10 currently. Hopefully the list that is now up will help some. But sometimes looks can kill, as Jim Thompson demonstrates in this vision of the crime novel as gothic. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. The Manton looks like a respectable hotel. Dusty Rhodes looks like a selfless young man working as a bellhop. And the woman in 1004 looks like an angel.

Comments: (7)
Kanek
I've read quite a few of Jim Thompson's potboiler books, and A SWELL-LOOKING BABE is one of the most enjoyable. The protagonist is Bill "Dusty" Rhoades, a bellboy in a second-rate hotel. Dusty is a good-looking intelligent guy. He had to drop his plans for med school to care for his adoptive father, who lost his job in the school district for alleged Communist activities. Dusty resents his father and misses his mother, who died a few years earlier. Into the picture walks Marcia Hillis, the eponymous 'swell-looking babe,' who becomes a guest at the hotel. Dusty figures that Marcia is on the make, but he can't help falling for her anyway. Mix in a crazy mob figure (Tug Towbridge) and assorted other characters, and you have a rollicking good story.
Unlike many other of Thompson's protagonists (e.g., THE KILLER INSIDE ME, POP. 1280), Dusty is not crazy. He's just a normal, but angry guy who is looking for a way out of his unpleasant life circumstances. Of course, he does things that the average person would not do. Making one sympathetic for such characters is one of Thompson's gifts and part of makes him such a great writer. Highly recommended.
Rayli
Although there are times you can see where this book is going,it is still a classic Jim Thompson novel. You may also know where two cars screaming head on are going, but it doesn't make the end result any less tragic or heart breaking. Jim's prose is almost as wonderful as his dialogue and his characters. Read a master at the top of his craft.
Vichredag
Love this edition.
Conjulhala
Agonising! I really like Jim Thompson's writing. This is just odd. I gave reading this book up about half way. There was one disaster after another and you could see them coming is what's irritating.
Cashoutmaster
Boy meets beautiful girl. Girl is apparently unavailable. In fact, girl is not unavailable,but... This is noir writing at its best. My preconceptions were all shattered by the end. The characters confirmed and then denied and then confirmed again stereotype. The ending was genius. Well worth the read.
Legionstatic
great
Camper
Terrific novel
As usual with Jim Thompson great dialog and characters. I didn't think the plot was one of his best but his writing is so good. Any Jim Thompson fan will enjoy this one.