Kill Me a Husband by Tedd Thomey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Femme fatale and latent sociopath Alma convinces her meek and alcoholic lover Ward to help kill her husband, but their plan is clumsy and the book turns into a courtroom drama. Bordering on sleaze, the story is mainly interesting for the portrayal of Ward as he falls hard for Alma’s blatant sexuality, and his descent into obsession and alcoholism. The story oddly takes place in the 1920s although it was written in 1960. The writing reminded me of Orrie Hitt’s work - 8th grade reading level and noirish, although this is darker and grimier. It should appeal to Hitt admirers.
Reprinted by Wildside Press. Buy a copy here
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