Potts County has a small population, so small that one law enforcement officer is enough to keep the peace around. Keeping the peace is something High Sheriff Nick Corey tries to avoid as much as he can, preferring instead to complain about how little time he has for sleeping and for eating. The town leaders don't seem unduly disturbed by his laisez-faire philosophy, and he usually gets re-elected on his libertarian platform.
"I'll ask you just one question," Robert Lee cut in. "Are you or aren' ...more
What I was looking for was a noir thriller, a quality crime drama centering on murrrrder, from the smartypants psychos who commit the c ...more
The obvious comparison here is to Thompson’s other novel about a small town law man with a serious dark side, The Killer ...more
Yes. Yes it is. It's a front for the fact that he's a manipulative, cold-blooded killer. He kills two pimps and tricks another sheriff into taking the blame. He launches a smear campaign against another man running for sheriff. He does a handful of ot ...more
About a year and a half ago, ages ago it now seems, there was a flurry of activity around this title among some GR friends and those I whose reviews I stalk, so I bought it—probably the title in a purchase that entitled me to free shipping. It sat here and sat here, garnering little attention, working its way down the list of those I was anxious to read, and then it happened, the event that would send this to the top of my priority list…I started reading Gravity’s Rainbow , and all of the sudden...more
They would be wrong.
Sheriff Nick Corey plays VERY WELL with others!
No one can deny that his shit-kickin', good ole boy, down-home-hick act endears him to the townsfolk he is sworn to protect. More's the pity there is no one to protect them from him.
Corey schemes and manipulates himself out of any crisis, and he'll do whatever is required to keep his cushy job. But now, he's facing his toughest challenge yet - the upcoming ele ...more
And if there's an answer to why it's that way - and there ain't always - why, it's probably not just one answer by itself, but thousands of answers.”
― Jim Thompson, Pop. 1280
Small towns can be a drag. Especially when you are the High Sheriff. Especially when you are also a psychopath who is just a tad smarter than you let on. You've got these liberal and soft feelings toward minorities and social ills. You want to f ...more
Then they sat on my shelf for the next five years.
I just read this one, and it was every bit as good as my friend implied. It's not my usual genre, almost a bit of a western (but not really). But it's told in first person with such an amazing voice that I really wish I hadn't waited so long.
I'll be getting to t ...more
This is another dark and, at times, funny Jim Thompson tale involving a small town sheriff. I'm not sure that it's better or worse than The Killer Insi ...more
"I said I meant I was just doing my job, followin' the holy precepts laid down in the Bible. "It's what I'm supposed to do, you know, to punish the heck out of people for bein' people. To coax 'em into revealin' theirselves, an' then kick the crap out of 'em. And it's a god-danged hard job, Rose, honey, and I figure that if I can get a little pleasure in the process of trappin' folks I'm mighty well entitled to it."
This excerpt from Thompson's novel sums up the sheriff who's a sociopathic ...more
I was intrigued to hear that Thompson's father was a ...more
The way Nick Corey acts, the lies and manipulating as scary; it’s like Jim Thompson is holding a mirro ...more
All these words apply to "Pop. 1280", possibly one of the funniest, scariest, most brilliant stories ever written. It is more than just a story about a deranged psychopath that kills on a whim. It's about a man that you'd find normal, if not somewhat of a blowhard and an idiot. However, underneath his outer simpleness and ignorance lies a philosophical, intell ...more
Writing ability wise this is the best Jim Thompson i have read, i was impressed word by word,the language, the real characters,the humor,the issues he wrote about. He d ...more
Ένα βιβλιο που αφενός σε ταξιδεύει στην επονομαζόμενη άγρια Δύση και αφετέρου σε κάνει να μπεις στις σκέψεις ενός αντι-ήρωα, ενός σερίφη-λέρα που πάντα καταφέρνει να στρέψει τα πράγματα εκεί που επιθυμεί. Γεματο εκπλήξεις στη διάρκειά του, το βιβλιο μπορεί να κατηγορήθηκε για φτηνή λογοτεχνία τσέπης αλλά θεωρώ ότι ειναι ξεκάθαρα άδικη μια τέτοια κριτική. Σπάνια θα δούμε τέτοιους ήρωες.
I can see your question coming from a mile away, though: Is it just like THE KILLER INSIDE ME ...more
*This cover art sucks
*I finally can believe that George W. really *IS* smart, and just PLAYS dumb! I totally imagine his mind working exactly like Sheriff Nick Corey's, but more evil. Like when Nick says "radius" and "ulna", it was like if shrub slipped and pronounced "nuclear" correctly.
The only disappointment I had was tha ...more
James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.
Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the lat ...more