The Barnes And Noble Blog has been recognising what it calls the greatest revenge stories in literature, picking its top seven.
Some you might expect, such as Homer's Ilia, William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo.
Then there are some more recent, what might be dubbed by some "pot-boilers", Carrie by Stephen King, True Grit by Charles Portis and a left fielder in the meta-textual The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
But the real surprise is probably Sin City: The Hard Goodbye, by Frank Miller.
The very first volume of the Sin City mega-series is a pure, unadulterated revenge diamond. Marv loves Goldie. Goldie gets killed. Marv figures he should pay her death forward. Warning: the result is not for the faint of heart.