A Swell-Looking Babe by Jim Thompson

By Jim Thompson

The Manton appears like a decent inn. Dusty Rhodes feels like a selfless younger guy operating as a bellhop. And the girl in 1004 feels 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 advanced, Thompson-style.

Young collage drop-out invoice "Dusty" Rhodes is operating as a bellboy on the Manton inn till he can get his existence located so he can return to varsity. however the funds is nice and the activity is simple and Dusty has his ill previous father to aid. He loves his dad yet doesn't comprehend the place the outdated guy spends the entire funds Dusty offers him. Then the swell-looking babe, a gray-haired older lady, tests into the lodge and Dusty can't cease puzzling over how appealing she is and what kind of she reminds him of his deceased mom.
Another resort visitor occurs to be the neighborhood mob boss who Dusty owes a prefer to and dad's legal professional, a wily little man, retains popping up.

Everybody desires whatever, 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 topics, which used to be fairly his specialty, in a fashion that slot in with the pulp writing of the time whereas nonetheless writing sincerely adequate to surprise smooth readers. In his novels he went again to the topic of madness over and over whereas giving each one personality their very own reason behind their madness and their very own warped perceptions."

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It oggles me when I come in here to clean . . " I said, "But the parlor is wonderful. " "I've put everything back," Ed said, "the way they had it. Notice the gramophone. " It dominated a window corner. A big, bell-mouthed morning glory sprouting from a little oak-veneer box with a crank handle. It sat on a cabinet containing shelves of small black cylinders— the forerunners of the victrola platter. We tried one later. " A voice spoke in preamble: This is an Edison reck-ord. Evidently the Bridewells had junked the gramophone.

The steeple of the Shore-side Methodist Church. The old-time street lamps. The raffish beach hotels with the decaying verandahs and boarded-up windows. The broad "sea houses," lavishly shingled and dormered— architecture of the day when lumber was plentiful and carpentry could be afforded. Quahog Point was a period piece. Ed Brewster, our host-to-be and guide, met us at the pier. A wide man with an amiable face, he stepped out of a 1920 Kissel that suited the atmosphere, and came over to pick up our gear.

In the actual case the elder son faced trial proceedings much like those herein related. The actual judge pronounced on the real case exactly as quoted in my text. And the fantastic denouement of my story follows the actual. For the rest, this book is fiction. I trust it conveys the spirit, if not the letter, of the real-life drama. If my characters are fictionalized, so were those who played the leading roles on the stage of reality. And when it comes to public images, aren't we all? R. "Quahog Point" April 1959 ONLY IN NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER 1 As someone once said, heredity deals the cards and environment plays the hand.

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