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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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Mar 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 17 to 18, 2012

I loved this book. It's written in the first person in the pitch perfect voice of a shiftless, turn-of-the-last-century Texas sheriff who all the women in town love except for his mean conniving wife. Impossible to even set up this one up, you just need tor read it. The story takes a small bit of setting up but it really picks up speed - I had no idea where it was going right up until the last page. The language and characters are COLORFUL - my favorite is Rose who swears like a drover whenever she is out of earshot of polite company. Murder, back stabbing politics, adultery, and even incest are just some of the themes in what turns out to be either an allegory or insanity in the end.
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