Bridget Gregory splits from New York and her husband, pilfering money from a drug deal. She lays over in a small town and picks up a small-town lover, but her husband is on her trail, and she firmly believes that the best defense is a good offense. Neo-noir.
Smart-ass noir has a noble lineage: Lady in the Lake ('47), His Kind of Woman ('51), Beat the Devil ('53), Kiss Me Deadly ('55), Touch of Evil ('58) on up to luminaries such as the Coens and Tarrantino. Dahl does this as well as anybody. See also Red Rock West and You Kill Me.