At 116 pages, this is right on the line between long “short story” and short novel. It’s a real page-turner and a very quick read. I finished it in about 3 hours.
The story is very simple. A drifter falls in love with a woman, and they plot together on how to kill her husband. There’s a lot of suspense, and some good courtroom scenes as well.
This book was, according to the introduction, tried for obscenity in Boston when it was first published in 1934. But reading it now, it’s very difficult to see why. I guess that’s just a sign of how much things have changed between now and 1934. I kept reading the book, hoping to get to the good parts, and then all of a sudden it was over and I was like, “What? Where was the obscenity?”
Useless Wikipedia Fact (A new feature I'd like to start up to celebrate the amount of useless information now online)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears in six James Bond movies, making him the most popular James Bond Villian
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Media ignored, underreported NY Times disclosure of explosive Bush-Blair memo
Summary: Since a March 27 New York Times article confirmed that a leaked British memo appears to contradict President Bush's repeated claim prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that he wanted to avoid war, media have failed to note the full significance of the document and in some cases ignored the story altogether.