Charles   Williams





Charles Williams


Born
in San Angelo, TX, The United States
August 13, 1909

Died
April 07, 1975

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Charles Williams (1909–1975) was one of the preeminent authors of American crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of high school to enlist in the US Merchant Marine, serving for ten years before leaving to work in the electronics industry. At the end of World War II, Williams began writing fiction while living in San Francisco. The success of his backwoods noir Hill Girl (1951) allowed him to quit his job and write fulltime.

Williams’s clean and somewhat casual narrative style distinguishes his novels—which range from hard-boiled, small-town noir to suspense thrillers set at sea and in the Deep South. Although originally published by pulp fiction houses, his work won great critical acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) becoming the fi
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The Hot Spot

4.02 avg rating — 728 ratings — published 1953 — 14 editions
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A Touch of Death (Hard Case...

3.81 avg rating — 528 ratings — published 1953 — 14 editions
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Dead Calm

3.69 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 1963 — 14 editions
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River Girl

3.61 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1951 — 9 editions
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The Long Saturday Night

3.71 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 1962 — 9 editions
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The Sailcloth Shroud

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1960 — 4 editions
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Hill Girl

3.43 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 1951 — 3 editions
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Diamond Bikini

3.66 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1956 — 17 editions
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All the Way

3.91 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1958 — 8 editions
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Talk of the Town

3.69 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1958 — 9 editions
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“The famous saying 'God is love', it is generally assumed, means that God is like our immediate emotional indulgence, not that the meaning of love ought to have something of the 'otherness' and terror of God.”
Charles Williams

“I got both hands on her throat and there was nothing inside me but the black madness of that desire to kill her, to close my hands until she turned purple and lay still and there’d be an end to her forever. Let them send me to the chair. Let ’em burn me. All they could do was kill me.”
Charles Williams, The Hot Spot

“Our crucifixes exhibit the pain, but they veil, perhaps necessarily, the obscenity: but the death of the God-Man was both.”
Charles Williams

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