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The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

The Killer Inside Me (original 1952; edition 1991)

by Jim Thompson (Author)

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Title:The Killer Inside Me
Authors:Jim Thompson (Author)
Info:Vintage (1991), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, novel, noir, Texas, law enforcement, serial killer, dark

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The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson (1952)

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    In a lonely place by Dorothy B. Hughes (christiguc)
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    Child of God by Cormac McCarthy (Bridgey)
    Bridgey: Both deal with a small town psychopathic killer
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    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (pnorth, gtross)
    pnorth: I strongly suspect Easton Ellis is a fan of The Killer Inside Me and drew on it for American Psycho. In any case, the cold fascination you have as a reader for the killers is the same.
    gtross: I would be very much surprised if Bret Easton Ellis hadn't been influenced by Jim Thompson's first person narrative of a psychopathic mind.
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Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me is a perfect novel of American Noir fiction. It is truly one of the greatest works of its respective genre to ever be published.

Hard-boiled in plot, and bone-chillingly cold in both spiritual and human character, the story is witnessed through the narrative of its protagonist, deputy Lou Ford of Texas, who "appears" normal on the surface, but beneath the facade lies a perverse, pedophilic, depraved and murderous sociopath.

On the contrary, deputy Lou is a most beloved fixture in his community; known and highly respected by both the unlawful and law-abiding alike: fellow law enforcement officers, entrepreneurs, big-time criminals, small-time criminals, families, educators, etc., etc. Everybody loves deputy Lou...

A timeless cult classic, The Killer Inside Me is five-star worthy, and not to be without. ( )
  CatEllington | May 5, 2017 |
In a word (or two): Essential noir.

The narrator, Lou, is a sheriff's deputy in a small west Texas oil town. He appears to be affable, eager to help, and somewhat dim-witted. He is actually a psychopathic killer. The question is, when will the people around him discover what he really is.

This book is fast-paced, well written, and utterly believable. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Apr 21, 2017 |
Good, easy read. Moves at a fast pace w/ the ending somewhat predictable, yet still very, very good. ( )
  untraveller | Dec 14, 2016 |
This is the American Psycho of the fifties. Based on that comparison, I really enjoyed this super creepy book and its terrifying narrator. Thompson knew what he was doing and I will definitely be checking out his other novels now! ( )
  PagesandPints | Sep 1, 2016 |
Well, the title says it all! The man character is the killer in question, and he narrates the tale. Creepy, violent, and premeditated! Chapter 18 is exceptionally well written! It is muddled and cloudy, showing the killer's mind and the frenzied state he lives in. Whew! My favorite Jim Thompson book to date! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
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I'd finished my pie and was having a second cup of coffee when I saw him.
Striking at people that way is almost as good as the other, the real way. The way I'd fought to forget--and had almost forgot--until I met her.
Did you ever stop to figure that there's all kinds of ways of dying, but only one way of being dead?
The stupid son-of-a-bitch was always doing that. Not just stories about me, but everything. He'd clip out cartoons and weather reports and crappy poems and health columns. Every goddam thing under the sun. He couldn't read a paper without a pair of scissors.
You ask me why I stick around, knowing the score, and it's hard to explain. I guess I kind of got a foot on both fences, Johnnie. I planted 'em there early and now they've taken root, and I can't move either way and I can't jump. All I can do is wait until I split. Right down the middle. That's all I can do...
It was like being asleep when you were awake and awake when you were asleep. I'd pinch myself, figuratively speaking--I had to keep pinching myself. Then I'd wake up kind of in reverse; I'd go back into the nightmare I had to live in. And everything would be clear and reasonable.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679733973, Paperback)

Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas.  The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring.  But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger.  The sickness that is about to surface again.

An underground classic since its publication in 1952, The Killer Inside Me is the book that made Jim Thompson's name synonymous with the roman noir.

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Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again.… (more)

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