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Williams, Charles 1909-1975

Works: 192 works in 547 publications in 6 languages and 4,713 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations 
Roles: Bibliographic antecedent, Adapter, Author of dialog, Scenarist, Originator, Composer
Classifications: PS3573.I448, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Charles Williams
Dead calm by Charles Williams ( Book )
16 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John and Rae Ingram, alone on their honeymoon yacht in the mid-Pacific, are suddenly and incongruously confronted with a tragedy at sea: another ship sinking, its lone survivor a handsome young man who has had to bury his wife and another couple, dead from food poisoning
Man on a leash by Charles Williams ( Book )
10 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A son searches for the men who killed his mysterious fatherEven at sixty-six, Gunnar Romstead was a tough old salt. It took several men to bring him down, and even after they'd bound his feet and hands he was still a threat. But finally the man who'd survived waterfront brawls, World War II, and countless stormy nights at sea died on his knees-shot through the back of the head. Looking for answers, his son Eric comes to the barren California town where Gunnar breathed his last. He hardly knew the old man, but he can't believe his father was killed in a botched drug deal. Somewhere in California is a massive shipment of heroin and a quarter of a million dollars, and if Eric finds them he will uncover the truth. But for a boy who grew up loving his father from afar, the truth may hurt even more than a bullet
Aground by Charles Williams ( Book )
15 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A widow and a charter captain scour the ocean for a stolen yachtWhen Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn't even have time to finish his bath before the police come knocking. The out-of-work charter captain has just returned from Nassau, where he was looking to buy a boat on behalf of a millionaire. But the day after he toured the seventy-foot Dragoon, his "millionaire" disappeared, and the yacht went with him. Ingram convinces the cops that he was only an unwitting accomplice in stealing the boat, and offers to help recover it for the owner, a beautiful widow with secrets of her own. He only has eight thousand square miles of open ocean to search. Finding the ship is the easy part. Escaping it will be harder, as Ingram finds himself caught in a tangle of lust, smuggling, and murder, surrounded by endless miles of the most beautiful water on earth
The sailcloth shroud by Charles Williams ( Book )
14 editions published between 1960 and 1983 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mystery novel, about a burial at sea
The diamond bikini by Charles Williams ( Book )
13 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Raised at the racetrack, a boy comes to live on a Texas farm Billy doesn’t know how to read a book, but give him a racing form and he can tell you everything about a pony that you’d ever want to know. He and his father live on the road, traveling from Aqueduct to Hialeah and back again, until an overzealous Welfare lady demands they settle somewhere more wholesome than the track. Not knowing anyplace wholesome, Billy’s father takes him to Texas instead, to live on his brother Sagamore’s farm. There Billy meets bootleggers, gangsters, and the beautiful Miss Choo-Choo Caroline, a Chicago stripper who is wearing nothing but a tiny, diamond-encrusted G-string when she disappears. Uncle Sagamore, an enterprising brute, sees this as a chance for profit. For a boy with gambling in his veins, there could be quite a lot to learn
A touch of death by Charles Williams ( Book )
9 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Lee Scarborough came upon the brunette sunbathing topless in her back yard, getting involved in a heist was the last thing on his mind. But somehow that's where he found himself--sneaking through a stranger's house, on the hunt for $120,000 in embezzled bank funds. It looked like an easy score. But one thing stood between him and the money: the beautiful and deadly Madelon Butler
Scorpion Reef by Charles Williams ( Book )
12 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A mystery thriller about a sunken treasure and a murder
Confidentially yours by Charles Williams ( )
2 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A small town is doomed by jealousy, greed, and a shared love of huntingIn the backwoods town of Carthage, there isn't much for the leading citizens to do but drink, sleep, and shoot. John Warren is preparing for an early morning duck hunt when he hears two shotgun blasts- only later does he learn they were the sound of Dan Roberts's death. Although it appears the handsome young man killed himself, Warren and the police are smart enough to realize that suicide victims seldom shoot twice. That night, a drunk woman calls Warren's house, offering a motive for the crime he didn't commit. Roberts was sleeping with Warren's wife-and he wasn't her only lover. Warren didn't kill Roberts, but as the rumors begin to swirl, he may wish that he had. In a town where every man is a crack shot, shooting a rival isn't murder. It's target practice."[Williams] is just about as good as they come." -The 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 SeasonCharles 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 to quit his job and write fulltime. Williams's clean and somewhat casual narrative style distinguishes his novels-which range from hard-boiled, small-town noir to suspense thrillers set at sea and in the Deep South. Although originally published by pulp fiction houses, his work won great critical acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) becoming the first paperback original to be reviewed by legendary New York Times critic Anthony Boucher. Many of his novels were adapted for the screen, such as Dead Calm (published in 1963) and Don't Just Stand There! (published in 1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. Williams died in California in 1975
The hot spot by Charles Williams ( Book )
6 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For Madox, a dull town, a beautiful woman, and an easy bank heist spell doomIn 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
Big city girl by Charles Williams ( )
7 editions published between 1951 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Her husband in jail, a desperate young woman takes refuge among sharecroppers Once, Cass Neely’s farm stretched across the entire valley, but decades of bad decisions and rotten luck have forced him to sell off nearly every inch. He and his son farm the meager remains of a once-great property, living in a grim downward spiral—until Cass’s daughter-in-law, Joy, moves in. She’s by far the most beautiful thing this county has ever seen, but she’s flat broke since her husband, Sewell, was put away for armed robbery. She’s also prickly, lazy, and vain—traits that don’t sit well with hardscrabble living—and it isn’t long before she starts to get a violent case of cabin fever. As the rains bear down and the river starts to threaten the cotton, Sewell escapes from police custody and heads for home. Come hell or high water, the Neely family will stick together, even if it means disaster
Man on the run by Charles Williams ( )
2 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pursued by the police, a desperate man fights to stay free—and stay alive It’s raining hard when the man leaps off the train. He lands safely and creeps into town, praying he will find someplace to hide. It’s nearly daylight, and the police are not far behind. He breaks into an unoccupied seaside cottage, and is overjoyed to find coffee, whiskey, and cigarettes. But before the fugitive can relax, the doorknob rattles. The police are at the door. Russell Foley, third mate on an oil tanker, is not a cop killer. But the night before he got into a fight with a police detective, and a few hours later the cop was found stabbed to death. Unable to explain himself, he bolts, hoping to evade the police and somehow find the real killer. But for a man who cannot stop running, justice can be a hard thing to find
And the deep blue sea by Charles Williams ( )
7 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in English and German and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sailor stranded in the Pacific Ocean finds there are a million ways to dieHis life in pieces, Harry Goddard buys a thirty-two-foot sloop and sets out to sail the Pacific. He is a thousand miles from anywhere when his craft strikes an unseen object, and begins taking water. For all his desperate efforts, he cannot save her, and Harry is forced into his life raft, to drift without food, water, or shelter from the sun. He is near death when the Leander rescues him. But by the time his trip is over, he'll wish he'd taken his chances in the open water. A tramp freighter sailing under the Panamanian flag, the Leander is en route to the Philippines when its crew spots Harry and takes him aboard. But as he regains his strength, Harry uncovers a murderous conspiracy that could destroy the ship that saved him
The big bite by Charles Williams ( )
7 editions published between 1956 and 2012 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An ex-football player and a crooked insurance man cook up a blackmail scheme Professional football player John Harlan is driving back from a lakeside cabin when a drunk driver named Cannon knocks him off the road. When he comes to, Harlan’s leg is shattered and Cannon is dead. His career over, Harlan goes on a bender, and a few days after his hangover clears, he dives headfirst into a life of immorality. An insurance investigator named Purvis is checking into Cannon’s death, hoping to avoid laying out $100,000 to his widow. He suspects Cannon may have survived the accident, only to be murdered while Harlan was unconscious—and the more he talks about it, the more Harlan believes it. They devisea plan to blackmail dear Mrs. Cannon, but if Harlan was a pro on the field, he’s an amateur in the underworld. Next to what the lovely widow is going to do to him, football is a cakewalk
Vivement dimanche Confidentially yours by François Truffaut ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La jaquette indique : "Julien Vercel, qui dirige une agence immobilière, est soupçonné du meurtre de Massoulier, l'amant de sa femme. Les faits sont contre lui, d'autant que sa femme meurt assassinée à son domicile. Caché dans son agence, Julien Vercel laisse sa secrétaire, la brune Barbara Becker, mener l'enquête. De péripétie en péripétie, de rebondissement en rebondissement, Barbara finira par découvrir l'identité du vrai coupable."
The wrong venus by Charles Williams ( Book )
3 editions published between 1966 and 1983 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dead calm by Phillip Noyce ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young yachting couple pick up a stranger drifting at sea and he soon begins to terrorize them
Go home, stranger by Charles Williams ( )
7 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An engineer battles a small town to see his sister released from prison It takes Reno three days to get from Peru to the Gulf Coast, and when he gets to Waynesport he has only one stop to make: the city jail, where his sister is being held on a murder rap. The way Vickie tells it, she saw her husband having a drink with another woman, they quarreled, and she went to the bathroom. When she came out, he was shot through the back of the skull. The police believe every word of her story—except the part about who pulled the trigger. Her husband was in Waynesport looking for a crook named Rupert Conway, whom the local police do not seem towant found. To save his sister’s neck, Reno must wade through corruption as fetid as the swamps that surround this hellish southern town, where the alligators aren’t the only ones who are eager to kill
Uncle sagamore and his girls by Charles Williams ( )
2 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It’s election season in Blossom County, and that means it’s time for moonshine Educated at the racetrack, Billy has never had a firm grip on his ABCs, but he sure knows how to read a racing form. When a family court judge threatens to put the seven-year-old in a foster home, Billy and his father go to live in the countryside, at the wholesome little farm owned by Billy’s Uncle Sagamore, where the air is pure, the grass is green, and the liquor from his hidden distillery is clear as water—and about 120 proof. But pressure from the law has kept Sagamore’s still silent, and the stash of white lightning is starting to dwindle. To get his home-brewing operation back underway, Sagamore needs a distraction—and there’s none better than local politics. When Uncle Sagamore throws his weight into the Blossom County elections, democracy will never be the same
Fantasia chez les ploucs by Charles Williams ( Book )
17 editions published between 1957 and 2006 in French and Undetermined and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pop Noonan, joueur et escroc dans les paris de courses de chevaux, décide de partir avec son fils de 7 ans se réfugier dans la ferme de son frère Sagamore avant que cela dégénère. Mais très vite, il aide son frère qui s'est, de son côté, lancé dans la fabrication de gnôle clandestine. Billy, le fils de Pop, raconte l'histoire et pose son regard candide d'enfant sur le monde des adultes
Vivement dimanche! by Charles Williams ( Book )
6 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in French and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Viljams, Čarlz, 1909-
Williams, Charles, 1909-
Вильямс, Чарлз, 1909-1975
ウィリアムズ, チャールズ
English (133)
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