Read by Robertson Dean, Coleen Mario
January 16, 2012 /ASIN: B006YUXQGU
Mystery / Noir / Audiobook (Unabridged)/ CDs / 7 hours, 43 minutes
by Jo Rogers
Kill Off, Jim Thompson tells the story of a wealthy woman in
her sixties, Luane Devore, who signed her own death warrant, so
to speak. Her estate isn’t worth as much as it used to be,
but there was enough to give Ralph Devore, Luane’s younger
husband, and his girlfriend a fresh start in a place where they
could find work. The dying resort island of Manduwoc no longer had
enough work to support them, especially without Luane’s money.
To the rest
of the island’s inhabitants, the death of Luane Devore would
stop her life-ruining gossip. A lot of people wanted her dead and
she knew it. She thought Ralph was plotting her murder, thought
it enough to tell her “lawyer” her suspicions. He didn’t
believe her, but said he’d check it out to shut her up. In
fact, when he saw her again, he told her he quit. He had nothing
to lose. She couldn’t pay him, he had no license. On the other
hand, his reputation would gain a great lot of ground if he didn’t
see her again. Most folks resented his association with Luane.
The story is
told from several points of view, including that of the killer.
It is interesting to hear each man or woman speak. It definitely
gives a clearer picture of motives and the reasoning behind them.
It also shows how hard Thompson worked to create his characters
and make them alive.
part of writing a good story is the plot. This one shines as a prime
example of a job well done. The only detraction from this book is
the constant use of profanity and the detail of the sex scene. Listen
to The Kill Off and judge for yourself.