A Hell of a Woman by Jim Thompson

By Jim Thompson

Younger, attractive, and fearfully abused, Mona used to be the type of lady even a difficult guy like Dillon couldn't carry himself to exploit. but if Mona instructed him concerning the vicious aunt who had became her into whatever little greater than a prostitute--and concerning the funds the previous girl has stashed away--Dillon came upon it strangely effortless to kill for her.

First released in 1954

A Hell of a Woman is Jim Thompson's homegrown model of Crime and Punishment. it's a novel totally without sentiment, the place a assassin is going approximately his lethal enterprise with out a prayer of redemption.


A masterpiece of inexpensive lives, small-town desperation, and absent morals. the previous few pages, within which the protagonist has a psychological breakdown, is written in alternating traces of conflicting cognizance: its one of the such a lot evocative, scary, and gorgeous prose I've learn. The protagonist, a sleazy door-to-door salesman, is the epitome of the Thompson archetype: he fears betrayal simply because he, himself, has no loyalties, and sees no justification for them; his over-confidence is equaled purely through his paranoia; and his failure to get a grip on his existence is, finally, a human tragedy all too universal and one during which we needs to empathize with. between Thompson's most sensible works.

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23). ICTY jurisprudence is similar, however, because there is no requirement of a “legal evaluation” of the character of armed conflict. In Kordic´ and Cˇ erkez, the Appeals Chamber stated: The nullum crimen sine lege principle does not require that an accused knew the specific legal definition of each element of a crime he committed. g. that a foreign state was involved in the armed conflict. It is thus not required that Kordic´ could make a correct legal evaluation as to the international character of the armed conflict.

By contrast, the law does not apply in cases of internal disturbance or other violence not amounting to armed conflict. Not every crime committed in a territory affected by armed conflict is a war crime. As the ICTY Trial Chamber noted in the Tadic´ Jurisdiction Louise Doswald-Beck and Sylvain Vité, “International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law,” International Review of the Red Cross 293 (30 April 1993): 94. 15 Tadic´, Jurisdiction Decision (ICTY, 2 October 1995), para. 70. 16 Beyond that, the physical act of a war crime can vary considerably, from forcibly displacing civilians to using prohibited weapons against combatants.

16 H. L. A. Hart, Punishment and Responsibility (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968), 8–9. Andrew von Hirsch and Andrew Ashworth, Proportionate Sentencing: Exploring the Principles (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), 15. 13 George Fletcher, Rethinking Criminal Law (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown, 1978), 415. 14 See, for example, Andrew von Hirsch, Anthony E. -O. Wikstrom, Criminal Deterrence and Sentence Severity: An Analysis of Recent Research (Oxford, UK: Hart, 1999), and P. Robinson and J.

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