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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.


Grade: (A-)


See also:

Jim Thompson (3 books reviewed)
Book-related and General Links:
    -The Killer Beside Me: The Jim Thompson Resource Page
    -BIO: (Vintage Books)
    -BIBLIO: Bibliography
    -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

Other recommended books by Jim Thompson:
    -The Getaway
    -The Grifters
    -After Dark, My Sweet

Thompson wrote the screenplay for two of Stanley Kubrick's greatest movies:
    -The Killing
(1956--directed by Stanley Kubrick--based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel
White--starring:  Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Elisha Cook, Marie Windsor)

    -Paths of Glory
(1957-directed by Stanley Kubrick--based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb--
starring: Kirk Douglas, Adolph Menjou, Ralph Meeker, George MacReady,
Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Timothy Carey)