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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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Dec 26, 2007

really liked it

Thompson has a gift for making an audience underestimate his characters - the simpler they seem, the more trouble they're probably cooking up . Needless to say, this book is all poker faces until Nick Corey unloads double-ought into the guts of some very deserving townsfolk. These murders go to the sheriff's head, and the remaining narrative develops his twisted conception of doing the Lord's work, drawing out the worst in people only to punish them for it. This is a classic slice of noir, very much in the vein of 'The Killer Inside Me' though a little less sadistic.
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