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By Jim Thompson

ISBN-10: 0316195901

ISBN-13: 9780316195904

William Collins is particularly good-looking, very well mannered, and extremely pleasant. His is additionally 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, sturdy taking a look, agile and powerful yet he's a drifter with gentle a number of neuroses, out and in of associations, and dangerously violent now and again. while 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 little thing is going to hell in a rush, and the tip, for invoice, is inevitable and shattering. this can be a travel de strength of paranoia and violence from the grasp of the crime noir novel.

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Für einen Koloß, eine unendlich wichtige Persönlichkeit, für den Mittelpunkt des Universums! Bringt ein solcher Mann sich um? Bestimmt nicht. Viel wahrscheinlicher ist, daß er eher einen anderen vernichtet – irgendeine elende krabbelnde Ameise von menschlichem Wesen, die gewagt hat, ihn zu belästigen… Ein derartiges Vorgehen hätte er vielleicht für notwendig gehalten – für gerechtfertigt! Aber Selbstvernichtung? « »Das klingt alles sehr schön, Poirot. Aber die Beweise sind doch klar genug. Tür abgeschlossen, Schlüssel in seiner eigenen Tasche.

Godfrey Burrows überlegte. »Nein – ich glaube nicht. « Wieder erschien plötzlich Godfrey Burrows’ mechanisches Lächeln, und wieder wirkte es einigermaßen unwirklich. »Mein Gott – genaugenommen sagte er ungefähr folgendes: ›Old Bury ist entweder ein Idiot oder ein Schuft. Eher wahrscheinlich ein Idiot. « fragte Poirot. »Sie müssen das verstehen: Lady Chevenix-Gore hat Colonel Bury sehr gern, und er verehrt sie. « Burrows stutzte und lachte dann los. »Sir Gervase und eifersüchtig? Er hätte gar nicht gewußt, was er damit hätte anfangen sollen!

Major Riddle wurde in seinem Sessel etwas unruhig. »Äh – äh – sehr interessant«, sagte er. »Ja, Lady ChevenixGore, ich glaube, das ist alles. « Lady Chevenix-Gore erhob sich und raffte das orientalische Gewand zusammen. »Gute Nacht«, sagte sie. Und dann, die Augen auf einen Punkt gerichtet, der sich hinter Major Riddle befand: »Gute Nacht, Gervase – Lieber. « Und als Erklärung fügte sie hinzu: »Mindestens vierundzwanzig Stunden mußt du dort bleiben, wo du hinübergegangen bist. « Dann verließ sie das Zimmer.

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