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Pop. 1280 Paperback – October 3, 1990
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It turns out that Nick Corey is quite similar to another Jim Thompson character, Lou Ford from The Killer Inside Me. In fact, it's worthwhile reading both books to compare these two characters. They are so different, yet incredibly similar.
The chilling thing about this book lies in how deeply convinced everyone is that Nick is a simpleton who is a harmless, lazy man. But the truth is apparent to the reader how rat-cunning he actually is. The desire to be re-elected to his post as sheriff drives his day-to-day activity and everyone underestimates just how far he'll go to ensure his re-election, myself included.
Apart from the sinister actions of Nick Corey, the story is actually quite amusing, told in the first person in a light and witty tone of voice. Nick manages to put an amusing spin on all aspects of his day-to-day life, most especially the parts in which he's doing absolutely nothing at all.
This is a typical Jim Thompson story. There are no heroes, as a matter of fact; there are few, if any, likable characters in the book. The main character narrates in a style that feels as though he's saying: here are the facts, make of them what you will. It's a chiller rather than a mystery and events took me by surprise more than once.
Plotting isn't usually Thompson's strong suit, but Pop. 1280 is incredibly polished. Revelations that come later in the book are shocking, but on subsequent readings (which are well-deserved) it's obvious that they were being given away from the beginning. It's always quite an achievement when a writer manages this, and it's done perfectly here, and using a first-person narration.
Nick Corey is one of the most distinctive narrative voices I've ever read, and few writers have created a character more likeable, funny or disturbing.Read more ›
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I never should have picked this book up. I was sitting pretty, living in my safe little reading bubble. I guess you could say that as far as I was concerned, I had it made. Read morePublished 4 months ago by VampireCowboy
So, imagine if you will, that Barney Fife is actually a psychopath. That's Pop. 1280 for you in a nutshell with Sheriff Nick Corey serving in a Fife-esque role as the top law man... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bobby Lux
Pop. 1280 is a great fun novel. Quick, just about 200 pages long, it's a good quick fix of crime, sex, profanity and wild west. Nick Corey is a fine SOB!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by J Marcel B de Souza
The writing is in the voice of a simple, mostly uneducated man. But what the main character lacks in book-learning he gains from experience and a complete lack of morality. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James A. Collard
Fantastic book. Thompson's gift for internal monologue makes this one a winner.Published 12 months ago by Jon Kinzler
Such an intriguing story that it made me start researching any filming of this book & learned there's a couple tries... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kandy Langford
Interesting easy read......did not particularly like ending.Published 14 months ago by diverse reader
I read a lot of books and I can safely say that the protagonist is a hard guy to pin down. Just when you think you have him figured out, he veers away from the straight line. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer