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THE KILL-OFF is a novel written by Jim Thompson in 1957.

Twelve chapters, twelve different points of view. Who will finally kill Luane Devore, an aging woman stuck in his house and spreading by phone rumors about the private life of the people living in this small town of the North East coast of the U.S.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   "All in the family" murder Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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