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NOTHING MORE THAN MURDER is a book published by Jim Thompson in 1950.

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Joe Wilmot is a small businessman who owns with his wife Elizabeth the only movie theater in town. They don't get along well. Joe is seen by his wife kissing Carol, a young woman who stays at their house in order to help Elizabeth. Carol is not pretty but Joe is attracted by her. Elizabeth agrees to disappear if Joe gives her $25,000. The three of them decide to murder an unknown woman, leave her in Joe's garage and then set it on fire. Elizabeth must also disappear and wait for the life insurance to pay Joe the $25,000 premium. Everything seems OK but the insurance investigator stays in town longer than expected. Furthermore, Carol is not so sure anymore of Joe's feelings about her. He's not the romantic type and does have new problems to solve. He's learned that a chain of theaters wants to open a new movie house in town. Soon, Joe Wilmot remarks that the distributors refuse to give him movies for the next season.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   conman stealing/fraud Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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