Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford A deputy sheriff, Lou s known to the small time criminals, the real estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers the low lifes, the big timers, and everyone in between as the nicest guy around He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he s the kind of officer youEveryone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford A deputy sheriff, Lou s known to the small time criminals, the real estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers the low lifes, the big timers, and everyone in between as the nicest guy around He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he s the kind of officer you re happy to have keeping your streets safe The sort of man you might even wish your daughter would end up with someday.But behind the platitudes and glad handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have seen An urge that has already claimed multiple lives, and cost Lou his brother Mike, a self sacrificing construction worker who fell to his death on the job in what was anything but an accident A murder that Lou is determined to avenge and if innocent people have to die in the process, well, that s perfectly all right with him.In The Killer Inside Me, Thompson goes where few novelists have dared to go, giving us a pitch black glimpse into the mind of the American Serial Killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis s American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.
The Killer Inside Me Everyone in the small town of Central City Texas loves Lou Ford A deputy sheriff Lou s known to the small time criminals the real estate entrepreneurs and all of his coworkers the low lifes the b
This book was recommended to me by someone who worked in the publishing industry, what s , they liked my book, so I was pretty sure they had excellent taste I bought it almost immediately, and was excited to give it a try That was almost exactly nine years ago This might give you a dim glimmer as to what my to read shelf is like A couple days ago, I was in between books and looking over my shelves for something I could read before going to bed I didn t want to start up another Pratchett novel be [...]
Stephen King said about novelist Jim Thompson He was crazy He went running into the American subconscious with a blowtorch in one hand and a pistol in the other, screaming his goddamn head off No one else came close I thought I would love this book, and I did somewhat I feel kinda dirty after reading it though Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is wellhe is a fucker He hides in plain sight That calm deputy that draws no attention to himself, but deep inside his monster s lurk.Told from the first person thi [...]
Ever meet someone at a party and think they re pretty cool until they let something slip and you realize they may in fact be bat shit psycho That s how Lou Ford, the protagonist of The Killer Inside Me is I also suspect that Jim Thompson may have been that way as well.The Killer Inside Me is the story of Lou Ford, a small town sheriff who s a little slow and a little boring Or he would have you believe Lou Ford spends most of his time keeping the sickness inside him in check Lou s a sociopath an [...]
First of all, a warning if you happen to pick up the edition I did that includes an introductory essay from Stephen King, make sure you read it after you finish the book Goddamn it, either the entire principal of spoiler completely flies over this man s head, or he just loves being a bastard about these things After 2014 s Twitter controversy where he spoiled a major death for fans of HBO s Game of Thrones series, I m pretty certain it s the latter It s not that he doesn t get it he just doesn t [...]
HOWDY FOLKS MY NAME IS LOU FORD AND I M A MILD MANNERED, DEPUTY SHERIFF IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWNOH BTWI M ALSO A SADISTIC, DEEPLY DISTURBED, PSYCHOPATHIC KILLERCE TO MEET YOU 5.0 stars A one of a kind reading experience that I can not recommend highly for fans of noir crime fiction or psychological thrillers Told in the first person by Lou Ford, who to all outward appearances is a thoughtful, considerate if somewhat slow Deputy Sheriff of Capital City, Texas, population 50,000 Lou never gets mad, [...]
I went into this with high expectations I mean, who doesn t love a good psychopath Especially one with a boat load of issues who is in a position of authority and trust Enter Lou Ford, small town sheriff and all round good guy or so his sweet and slightly slow disposition would have you think But Lou has the sickness Most of the time he manages to keep it hidden beneath a cheery and easy going attitude, most of the time you would assume he is just your average Joe Until every once in a while his [...]
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The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson s classic Roman Noir Just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul Monsters are variations from the accepted normal to a greater or a less degree As a child may be born without an arm, so one may be born without kindness or the potential of conscience A man who loses his [...]
Jim Thompson must have had noir in his veins instead of red blood cells This dark first person story has the reader inhabiting the mind of a killer in way that most authors can t even come close to matching It s disturbing, chilling and one of the best pieces of crime fiction I ve ever read.Lou Ford is a small town sheriff s deputy in West Texas He appears to be just a good natured, not to bright, good ole boy who usually speaks in a series of clich s to the point of annoying or boring whoever h [...]
It s always lightest just before the dark This is one terrific tale, though nasty as all get out Thompson seems to have serious Mommy issues, as all his women, be they whores or schoolmarms, are shrewish harpies AND, he seems to believe that a good beating is the only foreplay a woman should ever need.He is not alone in his cringe worthy treatment of the ladies It seems to be a common problem that has bugged the hell out of me in other books of this ilk and is probably the main reason I don t re [...]
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This was a humdinger of a story written through the eyes of a sheriff Lou Ford of a small, middle of nowhere west Texas town of Central City Is he an easy going, well liked man and a respected citizen of the town, well known for his quiet, gentle nature On the inside he has a dark side he is a sociopathic killer who seems to think that life is ruled by any means necessary, full of both corny, small town bonhomie and murderous psychosexual rage He will not hesitate to eliminate his loved ones wit [...]
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When Boris Vian hoaxed his way into the roman noir scene in 1958 with I spit on your graves , he was giving Jim Thompson a nod.This book is riveting It springs on the back of Chandler and Hammet who were by then moulding the no nonsense, cynical, take no prisoner Has Been into limelight situations, but whereas these pioneer anti heroes seem to preserve a modicum of decency, their successors, guided by the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Vian and Thompson seem to surgically remove that modicum, leav [...]
I had not before this read any work by Jim Thompson, though I knew his reputation as a dark and grisly noir novelist from the mid twentieth century I had seen The Grifters which I loved , but never read the book on which it was based but now will I had recently read a comics adaptation of The Killer Inside, and liked it, so committed to reading the original, which I really did basically love Well, love is perhaps a simplistic stretch of an assessment for my experience of a serial killer s first [...]
I ve read what some may consider to be a creepy number of non fiction books on sociopathy The Sociopath Next Door, Snakes in Suits When Psychopaths Go to Work, The Mask of Sanity All of them attempt to offer insight into the heads of these individuals among us who exist without conscience, and adeptly play human Many of them especially The Gift of Fear Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker which rumor has it Oprah recommended try to aid the average, non sociopathic Jo [...]
The threat of violence in the small Texas town profiled in Jim Thompson s The Killer Inside Me is so low that the patrolling sheriff, Lou Ford, doesn t even need to carry a gun Lou doesn t worry because hell, who s dangerous in Central City than good ol Lou himself While he speaks in clich s and exudes a friendly demeanour, Lou s true nature exists behind this social mask a chilling homicidal maniac who could kill at any moment.This was my first Jim Thompson and although the brutality of the vi [...]
This was my orginal thoughts with which I was never satisfied Until I saw this my gut feeling was that it would be impossible to take Jim Thompson to the screen, but I stand corrected Fabulous movie which precisely captures the spirit of Thompson s writing I first suggested seeing this to a male who refused on the grounds that horrible things happened to women and they do, but I have no idea why this would be interpreted as being about male hate misogeny Like most people, I guess, my reactions a [...]
Possibly even better than Pop 1280, but essentially it s the same conceit first person, unreliable narrator, manipulating his readers in to feeling sorry for him whilst going about his immoral business, in this case lots of cold blooded murder.Fascinating and dark, Thompson grabs you with his tale of good ol boy Lou Ford and you don t want to be let go, even when the house is burning up around you Ford is intelligent than everyone around him, but he has a dark secret in his past and a sickness [...]
DOPPIO IN GIOCOKubrick defin questo romanzo The most chilling and believable first person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered Credo che Kubrick di menti deformate e criminali, e criminali dalla mente deformata, se ne intendeva un pochino Con Thompson, Kubrick scrisse uno dei suoi primi capolavori, Orizzonti di gloria , dove il male esiste, proprio come nelle opere di Thompson.Jim Thompson con Sterling Hayden sul set di the Killing di Stanley Kubrick Per questo magnifico fil [...]
The Killer Inside Me is one of those novels that needs no introduction at all it is and will always be a classic of American noir fiction, it s been made into two movies 1976 and 2010 , and chances are that if you haven t read the novel you ve at least seen the film Or, if you re really fainthearted, you ve experienced neither, since both book and movie are dark, disturbing, and well past the point of unsettling It s also one of those books that has been studied left and right, inside and out, a [...]
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson This is my first experience of a Jim Thompson novel if this is typical of his work, it won t be my last.I first came across Thompson whilst reading an introduction in one of Richard Stark s novels, who Stark cites as one of his influences if you ve read any of the Parker novels you will notice a similar style to Thompson.Thompson himself admired Fyodor Dostoyevsky critic author Geoffrey O Bren called Thompson the Dime store Dostoyevsky Whilst comparison with [...]
This is a slightly tricky book to rate and review I want to give at least a minor warning as I think some readers will find the book to some extent disturbing that said it s considered a classic of it s type and I can see why The writing could be called masterful.This novel was written in 1952 Other than a few terms that are obsolete the story holds up well and in no way really feels dated I mean yeah we have older cars, limited phone availability and a 50s society but it doesn t jump out or in [...]
Jim Thompson worked on oil rigs in his youth It s filthy, dangerous, deeply hair raising work, all to get at something that s as precious as it is polluted Reading his novels is surprisingly similar His whiskey soaked misogyny will make your skin crawl, but his ability to plumb the darkest corners of the human soul, with both skill and sympathy, is unmatched in literature.This is the best Thompson book I ve read by far, and one of the best books I ve ever read for sheer narrative skill His prota [...]
The Killer Inside Me is unlike any other book I ve read Published in 1952, it s a pulpy crime noir novel with a twist The protagonist is no hard boiled detective hot on the trail of a killer, but rather the killer himself Lou Ford is the Deputy Sheriff of a small town in Texas, and he s also a sociopathic murderer And the reader gets to be inside his head for 229 pages That s a very uncomfortable place to be Mild spoilers ahead, so if you want to go into this book knowing very little, stop right [...]
Did not get this at all This sounded like my kind of thing, and with favourable reviews from Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King illuminating the front and back of the book, I figured that this would be right up my alley But I was wrong I was really disappointed There are a few scenes here that would have been shocking back in the day, no doubt But they just don t quite live up to it today However, I do appreciate that aspect of the book What I did not appreciate was Jim Thompson s style of writing [...]
Jim Thompson s The Killer Inside Me is terrifying because, in the mind of a sociopath murderer, we I know it s not just me can see some of ourselves.The novel is told from the perspective of Lou Ford, a small town Texas deputy who seems harmless and trustworthy but knows his own demons well enough to know he s anything but a community pillar Ford s mind and emotions veer from cold and calculating to viciously angry to desperate and full of need but remain under his control because Ford understan [...]
So far I hate Jim Thompson a lot than I remembered Not sure I ll make it through this one Kind of a weird chaser right after the Proust Okay, so Jim Thompson writes like a demented fourth grader who s being raised in a pretty rough whorehouse This isn t my favorite style, but that doesn t mean I didn t get sucked in The only other book I remember reading about West Texas is the Lyndon Johnson biography, which made this one fun because I got to picture the cliche spouting, cigar chomping, rampag [...]
This book is everything I read and heard it was And it scared the crap out of me and I wasn t there except of course, in my mind Since it was written in the first person, I wondered if Jim Thompson was killer in real life Sparse just like I love , storyline excellent and the ending was not only a surprise but came out of nowhere Amazing book for those of us who do not read romance and stuff.
A very dark book, decades ahead of its time written in 1952 Lou Ford, a local cop, appears to be a bland, get along with all kind of guy, but is a screaming sociopath Written in a first person narrative, the novel paints a solid picture of a West Texan town, dominated by oil and its primary profiteer however, Thompson fails to explain Lou s sickness Maybe that was the entire point, and was lost on me