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The Killer Inside Me Paperback – March 13, 1991
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"Probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered." --Stanley Kubrick
"Jim Thompson is the best suspense writer going, bar none." --The New York Times
From the Inside Flap
Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again.
An underground classic since its publication in 1952, The Killer Inside Me is the book that made Jim Thompson's name synonymous with the roman noir.
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Lou Ford is a small town deputy, and—based on Thompson’s telling—1952 wasn’t necessarily as pleasant as we’ve been led to believe. Ford comes across as a harmless, gentle person who speaks in clichés, and does not even carry a weapon on the job. However, Lou Ford has dark secrets from his past, and a couple of chance encounters rekindle the darkness within him.
What ensues is one of the most compelling Noir novels I’ve had the pleasure to read. Thompson takes us to some dark places. His understanding of the mind of a sociopath takes the reader a bit too close to the edge of reality. I felt conflicting emotions as part of me was pulling for this psycho to get away with his crimes while at the same time feeling pretty lousy about feeling that way, and that’s just good Crime/Noir in my book.
If you’ve ever wondered how far a truly amoral man with no inner convictions toward violence or the truth can go and what damage he can do, then The Killer Inside Me is one you don’t want to miss.
Great stuff for Thompson fans and still sounds authentically first-person psychopath. .