By Charles Williams
Stranded in a small city, a stranger falls for a suspected murderess.
Bored, divorced, and unemployed, Chatham is on his strategy to the Gulf of Mexico while he passes via a small city by means of the river. It’s a depressing little burg—four stoplights and never a lot else—and he’s virtually escaped it whilst a drunk’s vehicle darts out in entrance of him, inflicting a bad fender-bender. the concept of 3 days watching for his clunker to get fastened is a grim one, yet although he doesn’t comprehend it, there won’t be a lifeless minute.
Chatham reveals hospitality within the attractive type of Mrs. Langton, inn proprietor and native pariah. Seven months in the past her husband used to be murdered, and notwithstanding the police may perhaps locate no facts to aid the speculation, everybody on the town is confident she killed him. Now a string of nameless threats have left her just about a anxious breakdown, and the violence is ready to develop into actual. In a city this small there’s no room for secrets and techniques, yet lots of locations to bury a corpse.
Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once one of many preeminent authors of yank crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of college in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years prior to leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of global struggle II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the good fortune of the “backwoods noir” Hill woman (1951) allowed him to hand over his task and write complete time for the remainder of his life.
Williams’ fresh and a little bit informal narrative sort distinguishes his novels, which variety from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even if released through pulp homes, his paintings gained nice serious acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) turning into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed by means of mythical ny occasions critic Anthony Boucher. a lot of his novels have been tailored to the monitor, together with useless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.
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