The Hot Spot by Charles Williams

The Hot Spot by Charles Williams

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For Madox, a dull town, a beautiful woman, and an easy bank heist spell doom

In a town so small that Main Street is only three blocks long, there isn’t a lot to do—other than work, ogle women, and think about fast ways to get rich. After a year of aimless wandering, Madox has landed here, nearly broke and with no prospects but a dead-end job selling cars to yokels. Until one afternoon a fire at the burger joint draws the attention of everyone in town—including the men who are supposed to be guarding the bank. It’s almost too good to be true, but there it is—$15,000 lying around, watched by no one.

Now all Madox needs is a little nerve and a second distraction. And while one woman will give him the nerve, another will make him ready to kill.


“A most ingeniously plotted series of crimes . . . a fine, ironic, exciting story.” - New York Times

“Relying on wit, humor and ingenious plotting, Williams's characters constantly attempt to outwit the system.” - Woody Haut, author of Pulp Culture

“One of the neglected hardboiled geniuses . . . his novels were perfect little gems.” - Joe R. Lansdale, author of Savage Season

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The Hot Spot is a 1990 American film noir directed by Dennis Hopper and based on the 1952 book Hell Hath No Fury by Charles Williams. It stars Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, and Jennifer Connelly, and features a score by Jack Nitzsche played by John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Roy Rogers and drummer Earl Palmer.