My latest narration for Chalk Line Books, Murder At The Bijou by the master of noir, Jim Thompson, is now live on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. It was formerly titled Nothing More Than Murder (1949), and was Thompson’s debut novel, kicking off the checkered career of this troubled individual.
The book revolves around Joe Wilmot, small town movie theater impresario, and his woman problems. He quickly determines that his easiest play is murder. And from there … well, it’s Jim Thompson, so that should tell you all you need to know.
Actually, the reviewers say it best:
“Suspense in high gear” — New York Times
“The master of the American groin-kick novel” — Vanity Fair
“The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction” — Chicago Tribune
“Read Jim Thompson and take a tour of hell” — New Republic
“My favorite crime novelist” — Stephen King
The folks at Chalk Line Books have been turning out these crime/noir re-releases on a regular basis, in much the same manner as Black Lizard did back in the 1980s, when they rescued quite a few of the noir giants of the past from total oblivion. Were it not for Black Lizard in those days, the works of Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Charles Williams, and many more would likely have been lost forever. Now in the 2010s, Chalk Line is attempting another revival, and I’m very pleased they have selected me to narrate many of these classic noir novels.
I strongly urge you to check out the sample of Murder At The Bijou, and then rush over to Audible.com and buy it. Now.