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Pop. 1280 (1964)
Nick Corey, High Sheriff of Potts County, just wants to be left alone. But local pimps, fellow sheriffs, ornery townspeople & a shrieking harridan of a wife & her idiot brother all refuse to leave him be.
Everyone feels that they can get away with harassing him because Nick's a little slow & pretty easy going. Or, at least, he seems to be. In reality, he's psychotic, deliciously so and folks are soon reaping the whirlwind.
This is a very funny book. As always, Thompson writes a terrific kind of bare knuckle prose & is especially good with dialogue. But the real fun is watching as Corey wreaks his vengeance. A hoot.
-The Killer Beside Me: The Jim Thompson Resource Page
-BIO: (Vintage Books)
-READERS GUIDE: The Killers (Vintage Books)
-REVIEW: of Savage Night by Jim Thompson (Mystery Guide)
-REVIEW: of Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson (Brad Tyer, Hot Wired)
-REVIEW: of SAVAGE ART A Biography of Jim Thompson. By Robert Polito.(Tony Hilfer, NY Times Book Review)
-ESSAY: A Tale of Pulp and Passion: The Jim Thompson Revival (Lawrence Block, NY Times)
-ESSAY: The Gentrification of Crime (Luc Sante, NY Review of Books)
-ESSAY: The Mysterious Romance of Murder: The enduring highbrow fascination with detective stories (David Lehman, Boston Review)
-Crime Fiction as Literature? (Monash University)
-Crime Stories: Criminology and Fiction
-FILM REVIEW: of Coup de Torchon (John Alderman, Hot Wired)
-Hard Boiled: The online reference site for all things noir
Thompson wrote the screenplay for two of Stanley Kubrick's greatest
-Paths of Glory