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Pop. 1280 (original 1964; edition 1990)

by Jim Thompson

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Member:SimonLarsen
Title:Pop. 1280
Authors:Jim Thompson
Info:Vintage (1990), Paperback, 217 pages
Collections:Your library, Kindle collection (eBooks)
Rating:****
Tags:august, august 2012, 2012, kindle, ebook

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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (1964)

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I just live the way this guy write his stories they seem simple they often start out that way but sooner rather than later he twists and turns them around so that you stop guessing because you just know HE Mr Thompson is in total control and all you have to do to stay on course is keep turning the pages and yes, that's oh so easy to do. ( )
  nikon | Feb 11, 2017 |
A dark Br'er Rabbit clone does restoration comedy in the American South. Fun read until it goes off the rails in the final dozen pages. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Lately I’ve been in the mood for some pulp and noirish movies. Because of that I’ve just seen the movie “Coup de Torchon” (Clean Slate) by Bertrand Tavernier, which is loosely based on the book Pop.1280 by Jim Thomson. I just had to get my hands on the book… This is pulp fiction at its darkest. The story is dark, cynical and offensive, the last due in part to the time. The abrupt ending puzzles me though but still. There is humor within these pages to lighten up things. I laughed quite a bit at some of the antics in here. It’s the darkly hilarious, savagely painful, twisted-as-hell tale of one man’s psychotic journey into self-absorption and murder. Thompson does something you might not think possible, that maybe one of his psychotics isn't all bad, that maybe does do some good. As long as you don't become part of his plan, that is.

It takes awhile for you to get your bearings, and only then do you know what you are really looking at. I was genuinely shocked at the depth lurking beneath Nick Corey and his story.
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  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Psychopathic sheriff trapped in ennui and nihilism finds comfort in food and sex, becomes murder-instrument of God, and can't rid himself of his aw shucks grin. The inspiration of tv's beloved Andy Griffith Show. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Nov 11, 2015 |
I've read one other Jim Thompson book, [book:Savage Night|19161892], and I was hard-pressed to believe that the same person wrote both. Savage Night didn't really appeal to me but I found Nick Corey, the small-town Texas sheriff in Pop. 1280 to be an absolute Machiavellian delight. Everybody may think he's a lazy, dimwitted good ole boy whose favorite line is "We'll, I'm not saying you're wrong but I'm not saying you're right either." Everybody would be wrong.

I was intrigued to hear that Thompson's father was a Texas sheriff. I wonder how much of this story was drawn from real life. ( )
  Unkletom | Jun 11, 2015 |
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As high sheriff of Potts County, Nick Corey spends most of his time eating, sleeping and avoiding trouble. If only people--especially some troublesome pimps, his foul-tempered wife, and his half-witted brother-in-law--would stop pushing him around. Because when Nick is pushed, he begins to kill . . . or to make others do his killing for him!

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