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Hill Girl

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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It was obvious she had nothing on beneath the old cotton dress and that she didn't give a damn.
Lee was just looking at her. She could see what he wanted. I could feel the collar of my shirt choking me.
"She ought to be against the law," Lee said slowly and shakily.
"She is," I said. "And her father would kill you."
157 pages
Published 1951 by Gold Medal
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Hill Girl by Charles Williams

Despite its exemplary early 1950’s paperback cover, Hill Girl goes far beyond its sexy sales pitch. It’s a brilliant character study of the relationships of two brothers shaped by their beliefs and reactions to circumstances they create or confront. Williams’ characters live within the rigid cultural roles of the era. The men must maintain a tough, unsentimental worldview, yet his prose skillfully reveals their underlying emotions and motivations, in plain, but indir
Joe Stamber
I like to dip into the archives every now and then for a change of style and pace, and with Hill Girl being written over 60 years ago it certainly fits into that category. When I came upon it I didn't really expect too much, more that it would be a quick read and something a bit different.

Bob has been away at college and trying unsuccessfully to make his way as a boxer. Now in his mid 20s, and with the father he never got on with dead, he returns home to take on the farm his grandfather left him
Richard Ward
First time I've ever read anything by this writer and I didn't know what to expect. If asked, I probably would have said that I was expecting a hard-boiled detective novel, but I would have been wrong. In fact, almost none of the book reads like any kind of crime fiction. Small parts of it read like a western, other parts like a romance novel (a gritty one, granted). At times it felt like Steinbeck. It is definitely noir of some kind, complete with a femme fatale. Other than that, I'm not sure e ...more
Tom Stamper
As a fan of noir tales, I like seeking out the old classics. Turns out that this was more pulp than noir, but a decent enough tale. There are a few suspense scenes, but it's mostly salacious in comparison to 1950s film and TV standards. To explain what I mean the story could more or less be an episode of Sons of Anarchy or Dexter.
Million-selling debut novel from Charles Williams. This story of alcoholism and unbridled sexuality, which was scandalous in 1951, seems mighty tame today. A period piece.
The story of two brothers, good and evil, better than I expected, 3.6
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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 t ...more
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