November 1, 2011 / ISBN: 9781611137316
Mystery / Noir /Audiobook
by Jo Rogers
is one of Jim Thompson·s best Noir thrillers. It is the story
of William Collins, and it begins with Collins walking away from
the mental institution to which he·d been confined for some
time. He didn·t know why he·d escaped; he just knew
he needed to leave before something bad happened.
He walked and hitch-hiked until he found a house
in the middle of nowhere. Living there was a beautiful young widow
named Faye Anderson. In return for some work, she offered him a
place to stay. She had a little apartment over the detached garage
where he could sleep. Then, Uncle Bud arrived.
He was not
really Faye's uncle, but everyone there called him Uncle Bud. Collins
never knew his real name. But, he was glad to meet Bill Collins.
He had a project he wanted try and he needed Bill's help with it.
Bill had no idea what kind of trouble he was going to have when
he did help. What Uncle Bud was going to do was kidnap a rich little
boy. He would collect the two hundred thousand dollar ransom, turn
the child back over to his parents, and leave the country. They
would stay abroad until the police quit looking for them.
This is the
wildest tale I·ve read, and I·ve read some doozies.
The characters are typical for their kind. Faye is an alcoholic,
shy and afraid when she was sober, but a sharp-tongued harpy when
she was drunk. Uncle Bud is the pushy motor-mouth, always with a
scheme. And there is Bill, whom Fay calls Collie. He is calm and
gentle until pushed and then he's violent. The plot is so twisted,
you don·t find out what happens to Bill until the very last
word. So, pick up this book and get ready for a wild ride.