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The Killer Inside Me (Mulholland Classic) Paperback – August 5, 2014
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"My favorite crime novelist-often imitated but never duplicated."―Stephen King
"If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich would have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it...His work...casts a dazzling light on the human condition."―Washington Post
"Like Clint Eastwood's pictures it's the stuff for rednecks, truckers, failures, psychopaths and professors ... one of the finest American writers and the most frightening, [Thompson] is on best terms with the devil. Read Jim Thompson and take a tour of hell."―The New Republic
"The master of the American groin-kick novel."―Vanity Fair
"The most hard-boiled of all the American writers of crime fiction."―Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Thompson also co-wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory). Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).
- Publisher : Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (August 5, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316404063
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316404068
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dismally, he is afflicted with catastrophic luck. Everyone he knows and love seems to get brutally murdered!
Since he is the town’s sheriff this has gotta be a kismeted fluke. I mean, who’s got anything personal against him?
Surprisingly, Sheriff Ford doesn’t appear too distressed about these amazing coincidences.
Wonder how his investigation is going?
Many have aptly compared Killer to Pop 1280. But, Killer is darker. It is also a more complete story, delving into enough backstory to give us a greater understanding of who Lou Ford is. It also has a great ending, whereas Pop 1280 doesn't end so much as stop abruptly. Even so, the humor of Pop 1280 made it slightly more enjoyable for me. My recommendation: Read both.
Like other Thompson books, Killer is quite violent. Yet it is never gratuitous. We don't get a graphic description of every drop of blood. The book is not so much about the violence as it is about the psychology of the man who commits it. Even so, it is shocking and disturbing, and always compelling.
I've seen these books described as pulp fiction, but I hope the new reader is not dissuaded by that. These are not sordid crime dramas. Well, I suppose they are, but they are also so much more. Pick one and read the first chapter and see if you aren't hooked.
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Lou's boss, Sheriff Bob Maples, thinks the world of young Lou but questions his lack of ambition and his apparent contentment in living in a boring, one-horse town where nothing much happens. Then things do start to happen, the local big-shot's son is found dead at the side of the local hooker who has been horribly battered beyond recognition.
It's difficult to say much more about the plot without risking a spoiler but suffice to say this is an intelligent novel, the language is rich and colloquial and the reasoning behind the murderer's motives is so chilling yet logical at the same time that I found myself lulled into a kind of calm which added to the shock when the same tone is used to describe a very violent murder in a very graphic way. Excellent stuff.
This is my first Jim Thompson book but he has written dozens of well known novels and The Getaway,The Grifters and this one, The Killer Inside Me, have been made into films.
If you don't mind graphic violence on paper this is an excellent book.