Read by R. C. Bray
January 16, 2012 / ASIN: B006YW2W54
Mystery / Noir / Audiobook (Unabridged)/
Audio CD / 5 hours, 43 minutes
by Jo Rogers
Nothing More than Murder is the story of Joe Wilmot, manager
of his wife’s movie theater. Elizabeth, the wife, had owned
the Barclay when they met. Elizabeth Barclay, as she was then, was
having trouble making ends meet. Joe was driving the truck that
delivered the films to the theaters in Stoneville, and he offered
sound business advice that improved her situation. He offered to
run the business for her. She offered him a permanent position as
the manager and her husband.
Life proceeded well for a while, until Elizabeth had a miscarriage.
From then on, Elizabeth was melancholy, especially after Joe threw
a monkey wrench in Elizabeth’s plans to adopt a baby boy.
From there, the marriage went south, and, with the turn-down in
the economic situation, the business began to go south with it.
Joe struggled with keeping the business running. Elizabeth tried
adopting a cat and, when that didn’t work, a dog. After she
had to get rid of the dog, she brought a tragic young woman to live
with them and work as a maid while she went to school. Her name
was Carol Farmer, and though everyone saw her as homely, Joe saw
her beauty. They fell in love and Elizabeth found out. Finances
worsened. What would they do to survive?
Nothing More than Murderis another Jim Thompson foray
into the darkest side if human nature. It is well-written tale,
with realistic people that break under pressure, as humans are wont
to do. The plot is well crafted and interesting. Even though the
outcome is somewhat predictable, it is in keeping with the nature
of the characters. So, listen to Nothing More than Murder
and take a walk on the dark side.