Each event was laden with deadly violence: the message that someone wanted him dead… the vicious dog let loose in his hotel room… the ride down the hospital steps in a wheelchair… the skeleton with a pistol….
Britton Rainstar thought he had finally found the perfect woman – with enough love and money to let him forget a troubled marriage and a dead-end job – but as random incidents began to fit together into a morbid fugue, Rainstar was compelled to add her to his list of enemies.
With a master’s skill, Jim Thompson plays out a suspenseful tale of love and deceit as a man surrounded by death struggles to discover the truth about the woman he loves – and her connections to his tormentors.
Title: The Rip-Off
Author: Jim Thompson
Imprint & Number: Mysterious Press
Cover price: 3.95
Publication date: 1989
Cover artist: Stephen Peringer