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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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Jan 08, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 06 to 08, 2012

If you've seen "The Grifters", "The Getaway" or most recently "The Killer Inside Me", you are familiar with Jim Thompson's work. Plumbing the minds of psychopaths, sociopaths and other unsavory characters (both on the fringe of and pillars of society), Thompson wrote thriller crime novels that were more deserving of the pulp fiction / dime-store tag with which they were labeled for years.

"Pop. 1280" is a dark tale told by an unreliable narrator that isn't nearly as daft as he lets on. At times funny, violent, sexy or a combination of all three, Thompson's characters are all slathered in countrified small-town worldviews and always a step behind Nick Corey, the protagonist and narrator. I loved the ending of the book - completely different than what I was expecting and caused me to re-read the last three pages a second time.
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Darwin8u God I love Jim Thompson.

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