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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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Jun 03, 12

Read from June 02 to 03, 2012

I didn't know quite what to make of this book at first, but once I settled into the mind of Sheriff Nick Corey, I didn't want this smash-up work of stylistic genius to end.

Sociopaths aren't uncommon in literature. Sometimes they're painted in caricature, like Fight Club's Tyler Durden. Other times they're painted up with all the trappings of demons or monsters, like Anton Chigurh from No Country For Old Men.

But Nick Corey is as believable a sociopath as I can remember reading. I don't think a sociopath consciously looks at the world and makes decisions that adhere to sociopathic logic. Instead, they lurch from one convenient fiction to the next, genuinely adhering to whatever specious or fleeting logic justifies the actions dictated by a hidden and unknown id.

This is my first book by Thompson, but he really blew me away, and I suspect I'll be back.
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