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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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Jul 14, 2010

it was amazing

This superb short novel is told in the first person by Nick Corey, a philandering Texas sheriff and cold-blooded killer who is cruel,lazy, bigoted, and no good at his job. The townsfolk, along with Corey's wife, take the sheriff for just the kind of goldbrick and fool they need to get away with various crimes and cruelties. The truth, however,is that Nick is a schemer who manipulates situations and kills, when necessary, in order to stay in his comfort zone. This small classic is truly dark and subversive, as well as very funny. It warns against the tyranny of the slothful and the weak.

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