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Preview — Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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
"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
The way Nick Corey acts, the lies and manipulating as scary; it’s like Jim Thompson is holding a mirro...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
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
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
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
Pop. 1280 is a hilarious satire of both racial tensions in the South and fanatical religious belief and no man, woman or child is spared. Sheriff Nick Corey might be one of the most confusing, twisted and insufferable lovable losers in all of literature, making us wonder: how smart is he? How evil is he? How kind is he? And, most importantly, or sadly, how much...more
Nick Corey é o xerife da cidade de Pottsville, que é habitada por, exatamente, 1280 pessoas. O nosso narrador vive com a mulher e o seu irmão deficiente, e na procura por algo mais do que apenas manter o emprego, o xerife resolve os seus problemas diários recorrendo à violência e ao sexo, mantendo-se longe dos caminhos alheios e fazendo-se passar por pouco perspicaz. As suas atividades principais são comer e dormir, estando a...more
What we have here is a crime fiction mostly with a first person viewpoint of a thoroughly and casually corrupted sheriff. Through his eyes, we live vicariously through his evil deeds and enjoy being powerful as he sleeps with various keys women that he is physically attracted to, outwits the slow witted town folks who gets in his way of being reelected sheriff, and fakes being a slack jawed yokel. While he murders or frame for murder the constituents of Pottsvil...more
1. A date with a Jim Thompson novel is a descent to the seventh circle of Hell, guaranteed.
2. In his books no one is inherently good, but most characters are inherently bad.
3. You never have to wonder for long if anyone has moral scruples.
4. The twists and turns of the plot are always worth the bumpy ride.
5. Lots of people are going to come to harm, and there will be little or no justification for any of it.
I admire Jim Thompson's writing....more
The story is simple: ignorant, exploited, and...more
It's vintage Thompson. Small southern town. Seemingly inept lawman with a dark secret. Yokel town-folk. A number of femmes fatale.
A major difference between it and Killer, one I can remember and comment on, is that the "protagonist" of Pop. 1280, Sheriff Nick Corey is funny as hell. And there-in lies a large pa...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