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The Killer Inside Me | [Jim Thompson]

The Killer Inside Me

Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas, loves Lou Ford. But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have ever seen. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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 ever 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. It's 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.

©1952 Jim Thompson (P)2011 Hachette

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    Ron SHERMAN OAKS, CA, United States 01-17-12
    Ron SHERMAN OAKS, CA, United States 01-17-12
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    "Much better than those ratings indicate."

    This is typical Thompson. That is to say: it's dark, it has tempting babes, it has a straight forward plot that flips every time the listener gets comfortable. There has been discussion of the ending, but remember: this is about a crazy person!
    The narration is suited to the story, his voices are perfect for the characters, and the pace is noir creepy. This is a fun listening experience.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 07-23-12
    Ann United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010

    Seeking the Truth

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not "well-spent" but perhaps "not begrudged". I'm not a fan of the 1950s crime noir with its bleak, cynical writing and cheap women, but Thompson was certainly an over-the-top writer and I was never quite sure where the story would go next. The narrator did a nice job; in lesser-skilled hands (or voice), the story may have been just too off the wall.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Thompson? Why or why not?

    No, one of his books is enough.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    It has to be deputy sheriff Lou Ford: a sadomasochistic sociopath who feels no remorse for anything he does, who gets castrated by his father and pumps himself full of hormones so he can still perform brutal sex acts, a cold-blooded deviant and double-crosser who most people in town believe is a good citizen of the community, and yet someone who I just couldn't quite completely dislike. I even found myself horrified a few times when I laughed out loud at his sick sense of humor.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No; reading about it was enough.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-12
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The Killer Inside Me the most enjoyable?

    The way the characters are so completely different and vivid. As if each were product of the imagination of a different author.


    What other book might you compare The Killer Inside Me to and why?

    None to date


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Howard Hendricks the lawyer


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    jail cel interview between Hendricks and Ford


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, great characters, great narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Starkweather, ND, United States 07-17-12
    JoAnn Starkweather, ND, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!"

    A chilling look into the mind of a serial killer. It had me hooked from the beginning. This is a "must listen" for anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller. The performer was spot on and at times gave me chills.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Denver, CO, United States 10-02-12
    Kevin Denver, CO, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not bad! Not great..."
    Was The Killer Inside Me worth the listening time?

    Worth a listen if you get it on sale. Interesting story told from the killers point of view. Just don't expect miracles from this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary 07-28-12
    mary 07-28-12

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It took a bit of listening to get into but it turned out to be a pretty good listen, didn't want to stop until the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Schneider 07-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent narration. O.K. book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not that I can think of.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Thompson? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I found the story a bit tedious.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a great variety of voices and insight into the various players.


    Could you see The Killer Inside Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not now. I can only see Robert Mitchum playing the lead character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just was not a great listen for me. I did finish it as I kept hoping I could get into it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie INDIANOLA, IA, United States 10-05-12
    Carrie INDIANOLA, IA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "What is it???"
    What disappointed you about The Killer Inside Me?

    Everything but the narrator. More specifically the main character. If this book is what people consider disturbing then they have not read the likes of Stephen King.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    How about my least favorite - don't get me wrong, the narrarator was great but he made the women sound nagging and annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't know what others saw that was so great about the book. The best part was the fact that the book was from the viewpoint of the killer, but even that was dull. Don't bother is my best advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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