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The Killer Inside Me (CRIME MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 18 Jul 2002


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (18 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752851438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752851433
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,523,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE KILLER INSIDE ME has been a cult classic since its first publication in 1952. Also a major motion picture starring Casey Affleck, directed by Michael Winterbottom.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Palmer on 26 July 2010
Format: Paperback
This is actually a really good yarn. Written from the perspective of a fairly complex protagonist. The recent movie adaptation only serves to undermine how good this story is. This is most definitely a case of the book being better than the film. I recommend people read it to make their own judgement, not based on misguided preconceptions.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "anannoyingcynic" on 23 Feb 2005
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The best piece of Thompson I've read. Treating his psychopathic nature as an illness, Sheriff Lou Ford draws you deep into his twisted, double-life. His self awareness making the book all the more disturbing, I was torn between sympathy, respect and disgust throughout. You'd have to be as insane as Ford himself not to be gripped until the very end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Felix-ine on 24 Oct 2014
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When the young and pretty prostitute Joyce Lakeland the twenty-nine-Cop and Debuty Sheriff Lou Ford in Central City is facing, she has no idea that the future of their lives take an unexpected turn, and this friendly young man will develop into a monster.

Lou Ford is sympathetic and in the small American town of Central City with its approximately forty-eight thousand inhabitants, a respected citizen. His position as sheriff is strengthened to be dealing with problem citizens he copes with good-natured and sympathetic nature, everywhere earns him respect. He listens and helps conduct which he has inherited from his father, then working as a doctor.

Joyce is the one who will bring his Lou unpredictability to the outbreak and his self-built facade to collapse. A long-kept family secret of Lou and his family not only rips Joyce into the abyss and bring them to the brink of death.

The writer Jim Thompson has his main protagonists Lou described as a man with extreme personality disorder. Lou stood no chance of normal self-development as a child under paternal control and had. His oppressed Aggessionen come with the cold-blooded murders planned the outbreak, he hardly needs to disguise and despite the presence of traces leading to him not residents of the town would ever commit such offenses trust him.

When he had killed in the belief Joyce, but she survives and stands before him, breaks out the psychopath in him.
Jim Thompson has a very ornate set language style with a narrative perspective. In the novel's plot pervasive corruption and greed, hatred and violence in the United States is to be found.

Thompson was undoubtedly influenced by Russian authors and identifiable to the style of Dostoevsky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2014
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The American author and screenwriter Jim Thompson, 1906-77, wrote this book in 4 weeks and its publication in 1952 secured his reputation as a writer in the darkest noir pulp crime fiction tradition. The narrator and anti-hero is a small-town sheriff, Lou Ford, who is obsessed with punishing the local industrialist, Chester Conway, whom he believes has caused the death of his brother, Mike.

As the novel opens, Ford is putting his plan into operation. Having introduced Chester’s son to a local prostitute he arranges their deaths so that he can see Chester destroyed by grief. Things do not go according to plan which causes Ford to plan and execute further crimes believing, right to the end, that he is beyond suspicion and much cleverer than his neighbours or the people he works with.

Since Ford is unaware of the growing suspicions as to why so many people around him are dying, Thompson has to alert the reader to these changes indirectly. At the same time, the reader is made aware of the action that has led to the current situation and its causation – what Ford refers to as his ‘sickness’. As the novel proceeds we come to realise just how sick he really is, although for a long time this is masked by his innate intelligence. However, right to the end, Ford convinces himself that his behavior and his sickness is the responsibility of other people - ‘I had a burden of fear and shame put upon me that I could never get shed of.’ He toys with the idea of moving away and starting life afresh but concludes that ‘you can’t get away, never, never, get away…’

What makes the character of Ford so compelling is that he is amoral, bestial and callous, but also unfailingly helpful and polite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 May 2012
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The Killer Inside Me is a curious read in that it manages to maintain its suspense throughout despite the unfolding of the story holding few surprises. Ford is a sociopath in the sense that at one level he appears normal and he's self-aware of his `sickness', but he's manipulative and deceitful, has shallow emotions, lacks empathy and remorse, and can flip into extreme violence. Thompson does a great job of exploring Ford's complex personality as he uses all of his sociopathic traits to exercise his revenge and cover up his trail through deception and calculated violence. The writing is tight, all tell and no show, and plotting and characterization is excellent. Where it excels is in exploring Ford's warped mind and world, without resorting to excessive description and back story, and yet being dotted with nuanced insight. I was slightly disappointed by the end, but it fitted with the rest of the narrative, and the plotting was a little forced at times. I was expecting the book to be uber-violent, but actually it's reasonably run of the mill by today's standards and is certainly not excessive. Overall, a great character driven read that's very thought-provoking.
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