By Charles Williams
Stranded in a small city, a stranger falls for a suspected murderess.
Bored, divorced, and unemployed, Chatham is on his option to the Gulf of Mexico while he passes via a small city through 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 motor vehicle darts out in entrance of him, inflicting a foul fender-bender. the idea of 3 days awaiting his clunker to get mounted is a grim one, yet although he doesn’t understand it, there won’t be a lifeless minute.
Chatham unearths hospitality within the attractive type of Mrs. Langton, lodge proprietor and native pariah. Seven months in the past her husband used to be murdered, and even though the police may possibly locate no facts to aid the speculation, each person 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 set to develop into genuine. In a city this small there’s no room for secrets and techniques, yet lots of areas to bury a corpse.
Charles Williams (1909-1975) used to be one of many preeminent authors of yank crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of faculty in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years earlier than leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of global battle II, Williams started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the good fortune of the “backwoods noir” Hill woman (1951) allowed him to hand over his activity and write complete time for the remainder of his life.
Williams’ fresh and a 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 supposing released through pulp homes, his paintings received nice severe acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) changing into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed through mythical ny occasions critic Anthony Boucher. lots of his novels have been tailored to the reveal, together with lifeless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.
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