After Dark, My Sweet by Jim Thompson

By Jim Thompson

William Collins is especially good-looking, very well mannered, and extremely pleasant. His can also be harmful whilst aroused. Now Collins, a one-time boxer with a deadly "accident" in his previous, has damaged out of his fourth psychological establishment and met up with an affable con guy and a hugely arousing girl, whose plans for him comprise kidnapping, homicide, and lots more and plenty, a lot worse.

First released in 1960


Bill Collins is younger, solid taking a look, agile and robust yet he's a drifter with light a number of neuroses, out and in of associations, and dangerously violent once in a while. whilst he will get concerned with the hard-drinking Fay Anderson and the deceptively friendly ex-police officer we all know as Uncle Bud in a ruthless kidnap plot, every thing is going to hell in a rush, and the top, for invoice, is inevitable and shattering. it is a journey de strength of paranoia and violence from the grasp of the crime noir novel.

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50 L A W R E N C E B L O C K They fell in love. Wordless, they told each other everything, knew one another like twin souls. And then, gazing into her eyes, Keller realized who she was. She was Edith Bodine, and she was dead, he’d killed her earlier without knowing she’d turn out to be the girl of his dreams. It was done, it could never be undone, and his heart was broken for eternity. Keller woke up shaking. For five minutes he paced the room, struggling to sort out what was a dream and what was real.

He wouldn’t be around for the funeral, but should he send flowers? It was quite clear that he shouldn’t. Still, the impulse was there. He dialed 1-800-FLOWERS and sent a dozen roses to Mrs. Dale Whitlock in Rowayton, charging them to Whitlock’s American Express account. ’’ He felt it was the least he could do. Two days later he was on Taunton Place in White Plains, making his report. Accidents were always 52 L A W R E N C E B L O C K good, the man told him. Accidents and natural causes, always the best.

No, that’s an example of how they treat me as an equal. And I eat at the same table with them, instead of eating downstairs with the servants. ’’ The house is infested with mice. I’m having dinner with the family, I’ve got a plate piled high with good food, and a waiter in black tie comes in and presents a covered dish. ’’ ‘‘That’s all. I get up from the table and I follow the servant down a long hallway, and I wind up in an unfinished room in the attic. ’’ ‘‘By crushing them underfoot. That’s the quickest and most humane way, but it bothers me and I don’t want to do it.

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