Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose. He doesn't solve problems, enforce rules or arrest criminals. He knows that nobody in tiny Potts County actually wants to follow the law and he is perfectly content lazing about, eating five meals a day, and sleeping with all the eligible women.
Still, Nick has some very complex problems to deal with. Two local pimps have been sassing him, ruining his already tattered reputation. His girlfriend Rose is being terrorized by her husband. And then, there's his wife and her brother Lenny who won't stop troubling Nick's already stressed mind. Are they a little too close for a brother and a sister?
With an election coming up, Nick needs to fix his problems and fast. Because the one thing Nick does know is that he will do anything to stay sheriff. Because, as it turns out, Sheriff Nick Corey is not nearly as dumb as he seems.
In Pop. 1280, widely regarded as a classic of mid-20th century crime, Thompson offers up one of his best, in a tale of lust, murder, and betrayal in the Deep South that was the basis for the critically acclaimed French film Coup de Torchon.
©2011 Jim Thompson (P)2011 Hachette Audio
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
“a heck of a lot of things are bound to go wrong in a world as big as this one. And if there's an answer to why it's that way - and there ain't always - why, it's probably not just one answer by itself, but thousands of answers.”
― Jim Thompson, Pop. 1280
Small towns can be a drag. Especially when you are the High Sheriff. Especially when you are also a psychopath who is just a tad smarter than you let on. You've got these liberal and soft feelings toward minorities and social ills. You want to find a nice woman and settle down, but with all these women you are sleeping with and all these clowns in town things just can't get right (with either you or the Lord) until a couple of these buggers are dead. I mean don't feel bad about it. Dead isn't that much better than life in a town in Texas (or was it Oklahoma?) with a population hovering around 1280 and some of those 1280 aren't rich or white. People in town might want you to do stuff. No, not really. They keep electing you because that is exactly what they don't want you to do -- stuff. And if they knew the stuff you did, the certainly wouldn't want you to keep on doing it.
Thompson seems to grab the humanity by the nuts and just squeezes the truth out of it. Like Jim had a whole town on the rack and after a bit of pulling the town's ugliness just seems to spill out. Don't think your big towns are any better and don't think your suburban sprawl doesn't contain the rats, the hypocrites, the dark motives and strange bedfellows that seem to exist in the front room of Jim Thompson's brain. Your town is the same, just more so. And if so, think of how many 'high sheriff's' your town has protecting you.
I would, depending on the friend. The performance was good and the story was different. The story did lag in parts but, it did entertain. I have listened to worse.
Yes I would, this was an audible recommendation. I may read a little more about the author before I give him another listen though.
I think it was. The performance was quality and the story was interesting enough to stick with. It was worth the time.
4 those who like Pulp fiction (the movie) and Guy Riche movies etc and maybe bret E. ellis ie American Pyscho etc i guess wow there were spot i was laughing outloud BUt its scary dark! i listen to 100s of books and i went stright thru here
Perhaps I do not understand pulp fiction but I found this a waste of time....yet I did listen to the entire book, which was mercifully short....hoping that it would improve. It didn't.
The writing was sophomoric, the characters were one-dimensional and the point that the main character was basically a bad person could probably have been made in a one-page essay.
I should not fault the performance of the narrator, considering the plot and the prose he had to work with, but the book was irritating and unfortunately the narrator, John McLain, did not have the advantage of a good plot or good dialog. I would give Mr. McLain another chance with a different author but regardless of how highly regarded Mr. Jim Thompson is held as an author by others, I would not waste my time or money reading another book written by him, although I do hate to speak ill of the departed. Thankfully this book was on sale and I purchased it rather than wasting a credit.
I would. The story, combined with the narration, drew me in and I know I'll listen to it again in the future.
McLain nailed the first-person central character. Jim Thompson was a master at getting deep inside the criminal mind while writing in the first person. McLain brought this creepy character to life with a great understated narration.
Good story and could have been a lot of fun but when the Sheriff starts killing people it takes a turn for the worse. There's no reason for it. Could have been more entertaining if the old boy had come up with some wild convoluted backwoods kind of humiliation. Murdering the poor old black guy just didn't fit.
John McLain does a great job, I'll look for him again
I don't believe this author is serious about writing. He appears to try to get your interested in the story through sex and other inapproiate relations, but looses it fast once he begins to describe the other charactors in the story. I wouldn't waste my time with another one of his misdirrected adventures.
I am lookin into the "Left Behind Series". They are wildly popular and from the little I have read are very well done.
The language was not off color, however the sexual references were weakly contrived to sound acceptable.
This book is not worth the time or the money! I stopped listening to it after an hour of torture.
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