A lifelong drifter finds a reason to stay put for a while when he sees the gorgeous young wife of the man who offers him a mechanic's job. She thinks he's pretty swell too. But if they're going to be together they'll have to find a way to remove the only obstacle: her husband.
Let me admit up front that I have never seen the movie with Lana Turner. I'll have to look it up now, and see how it's different from the book; a lot will depend on whether they made it before or after the institution of the Hayes Code, I reckon.
The book is pretty steamy, in that 1930s elliptical way. The sex is not described, but you're left in no doubt what's going on. There's nobody to like; the two principals are both pretty sleazy. I guess that's the point. But the book is so well written it kept me flipping pages.
Originally posted at MySpace, 3/25/06