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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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Oct 24, 2012

really liked it
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Nick Corey is the "high sheriff" of Potts County, a small town in the armpit of the deep American south. He seems like the prototypical good 'ol boy, a glutton and a bigoted fool. Nick's also in trouble, too - pimps from the local whorehouse are talking back to him and giving him grief when he comes for his monthly graft. He's having a hard time juggling his wife and all of the other women in town he is sleeping with. To top it all off, for the first time, there's a strong candidate running against him in the election, one that he can't afford to lose. Nick plays a good game, because he starts playing people off against each other and using their own weaknesses against them all while making people believe he is a brainless rube. One example happens when Nick dispatches with the two pimps, he manages to intoxicate a fellow sheriff and then parade him around town drunkenly taking credit for the murder. This is one example of the manipulative nature of Nick's character. One of Thompson's best creations, he is completely amoral and such a good actor that he can defy logic and reason and bend other people to his will.

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