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Nothing More Than Murder (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. März 1991

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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


When Joe Wilmot and his wife, Elizabeth, can no longer stand to live together after ten years of marriage, they concoct a scheme that will allow them to go their separate ways without legal complications and provide Elizabeth with a substantial parting settlement.

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Details of movie theater trade most intriguing 8. September 1997
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Thompson's tale of fraud, murder, and adultery is
unremarkable (compared to Thompson's other works) except in it's presentation of the politics of a small town. Most of all, the presentation of Joe Wilmer's job as an owner of a first-run movie theater and his dealings with the union is fascinating. This is a novel that could have only been written by Jim Thompson.
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Reviewed By Alan Gerrard 2. April 1998
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This novel is Jim Thompson at his best. A tale of small town fraud, murder, lies and adultery. Joe Wilmot is a part-owner of a small movie house with a passion for conning his employees and talking down the unions. He is a man with it all sewn up, an arrogant man with a deadly fraud in mind. But the final twist in the form of his mistress and a tenacious insurance investigator called Appleton, brings this powerful tale of suspense to a shuddering, disturbing conclusion. Very similar in places to Double Indeminity, but still Thompson at his best.
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Who Can A Conniving, Dirty, Underhanded Guy Trust? 15. September 2014
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“Nothing More Than Murder,” first published in 1949, was Jim Thompson’s first major success and was followed in 1952 by the book most critics agree is his magnum opus (“The Killer Inside Me”). On the surface, “Nothing More Than Murder” might appear to be yet another twist on James Cain’s “Double Indemnity.” Here, the husband (Joe Wilmot) has an affair with Carol. There’s a double indemnity insurance policy on the wife (Elizabeth), who is seemingly murdered in a bizarre film editing accident. But, this is a Jim Thompson book and the basic idea of the three-sided romance is twisted in quite a different way. What if the wife accepts that the marriage has gone to hell in a hand basket and offers to step aside if she can collect the insurance money? After all, all you would need is a body somewhat resembling the wife and it doesn’t really matter where you find that body, does it?

Moreover, this is not a simple tale of lust and greed and guilt tearing one apart (as if such a tale were ever simple). This is a Jim Thompson novel and it is a world where seemingly everyone is greedy, dirty, underhanded, and conniving. Joe Wilmot is not a basically decent guy. Make no mistake about that. Never mind the adultery or the murder conspiracy. He is in the movie theater business and he is involved in underhanded, sneaky deals to stifle any competition in his small city and to undermine the union rules. He is as cagey as a shark. And, in the end, everyone seems to put together how he has put more than one over on them. In typical Thompson fashion, the walls start closing in on Wilmot and the noose around his neck gets squeezed tighter and tighter.
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Touch confusing at times but scary 26. März 2006
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I find that Jim Thompson's novels sometimes have confusing dialogue that throws the reader off trying to work out what was meant.

Originally I thought that this was just a case of the author not being clear enough but the more I read Thompson, the more I get the feeling that he intentionally sought to avoid clarity as this leads the reader to think about the dialogue themselves and with the elements of fear prevalent throughout his books, it is hoped that the reader adds to the fear by their opinions on what was said.

In this book (one of Thompson's earliest), he goes a little bit too indepth into the workings of the 1940's cinema houses but it is an interesting read. As with a lot of his work, the book boils down to the element of lack of trust between two people who (supposedly) love each other.

This is a scary novel and well worth reading.
Nothing more than mediocre. 4. Mai 2012
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This early novel by Jim Thompson is narrated by Joe Wilmot, a smalltown movie theater operator whose reputation as a chiseler is disputed by few. Joe rather unwisely gets himself involved in a love triangle of sorts. One where all three participants have murder on their mind.
The plot of Nothing More Than Murder is irritatingly rambling with too many digressions into the arcania of film distribution and exhibition. The dialogue is well crafted but the characters themselves fail to ring true.
Readers electing to skip this particular Thompson offering will not be missing much.
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