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Jim Thompson
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3 Aug 2006

Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small Texas town, patient and thoughtful. Some people think he's a little slow and boring but that's the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his 'sickness'. It nearly got him put away when he was younger, but his adopted brother took the rap for that.

Now the sickness that has been lying dormant for a while is about to surface again - and the consequences are brutal and devastating. Tense and suspenseful, THE KILLER INSIDE ME is a brilliantly sustained noir crime masterpiece.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752879588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752879581
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published on the centenary of Jim Thompson's birth, THE KILLER INSIDE ME has been an underground classic since its first publication in 1952.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literature vs Cinema 26 July 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 23 Feb 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer read 12 May 2012
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lou Ford is a handsome, successful deputy Sheriff with a great girlfriend Amy
Stanton and a stunning lover called Joyce Lakeland who happens to be a
prostitute. Lou has an affair with Joyce but little does she know about his dark
secret that he has the urge to control, manipulate and kill...

There is so much more to the story which I am not going to spoil! The book unfolds
in a twisted and dark fashion and I completed it in three sittings. While the movie release
did the movie justice, there is so much more in the book explaining Lou's behavior and
what motivates his sadistic actions. The disturbing part of one time being nice cop then
psychotic killer the next. Published in 1952 I expect it caused a lot of controversy 62
years ago. By this day the violence is light (compared to the movie) but still a disturbing read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deputy Ford American Psycho 3 Oct 2011
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I believe this book was first published in the 50's. I wonder if it caused a stir. If you enjoyed American Psycho, you'll probably like this as it is a view of a serial killer from his perspective. Instead of Wall Street we have a small town setting. Instead of Patrick Bateman we have a Lou Ford. The fact that Lou is a trusted and beloved Deputy Sheriff trusted by most makes it even worse when he starts in on what he calls 'the sickness' which means murder.
The writing is tight and constrained there's no relief to be found in pseudo-poetic prose because Lou's mind (of which,you're stuck in) doesn't work that way.In fact on many occasions he belittles people with false sentiment and meaningless philosophy and watches them squirm. Lou deceives everyone,even himself at times and it is in the faboulous writing skill of Jim Thompson that I kind of liked Lou even though he was doing despicable things and also in the maintaining of tension throughout the book. Lou could kill anyone at any moment and I found myself wondering who was next,how he would do it and how Lou would get away with it.
There's a little social commentary in the book and sometimes I wondered if Lou was even the real bad guy as some other characters have even less morals than him.The book may seem quite short but it is packed with action and thought,no padding or dragged out boring bits. The plot is full of twists and turns with an unpredictable but satisfactory ending. Part crime novel,part dissection of a damaged mind that might leave you wondering if that guy you know really is as nice as he seems. Thank you.American Psycho
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Brilliant 1 July 2010
A thoroughly absorbing read, completed in one sitting. Understanding the mind of a killer is no easy task (unless you are one of course), but Jim Thompson's narrative certainly gives a disturbing insight.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Undecided 19 July 2009
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
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This spree of killings is told in the first person 'Inside' the mind of the local Texas Deputy psychopath/sociopath whatever kind of 'path was relevant in 1952. As with other reviewers I read this in one sitting but it left me strangely cold from start to finish. And there is the big issue, are we meant to feel numb, indifferent just as the ruthless narrator?

His cold, analytical thinking is almost seductive. There is no sympathy though for the lead character. A lack of emotion and sterility pervades the novel including a frightening depiction of the ethics of a small town law department in the Deep South.

On finishing this novel I concluded it was closer to a strong pulp-fiction shocker and a very good read rather than a great work. However Thompson wrote the script for the Kubrick film 'Paths of Glory' and that earns bags of brownie points for me. I'm undecided - see what you think!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The killer inside me-Jim Thompson
Well I haven't yet read the book as I have been busy, and am reading another one. However I am well pleased with the condition of it. Read more
Published 25 days ago by macdonnchaidh
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As above a gift for my daughter. Yet again she is extremely happy with the bok, the cover is in excellent condition and she will recommend your store to other book fans
Published 3 months ago by Bridget Davico
4.0 out of 5 stars The Killer inside me!
Delivery was fine although quite a lengthy wait, the condition was fine especially for a second hand book, book is excellent! Highly recommend!
Published 8 months ago by Jess Rowlands
5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Rocket To Hell
I won't repeat the storyline of this novel as enough reviews have already covered that. Instead I'll cut to the chase and tell you this is another great Jim Thompson crime novel,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Warren Stalley
5.0 out of 5 stars how different
This was written the year i was born ! I did'nt realise this was a classic novel untill i received it,but soon understood why,please order this timeless peice of writing,and enjoy.
Published 11 months ago by Danny Mayers
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok.
Bit confusing at times, bit dark and gory. A psychological thriller / horror / crime fiction book that will feed your morbid curiosity! Read more
Published 12 months ago by L. D. Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
just discovered jim thompson so working my way through the list and enjoying the formula of evil/nice guy in trouble and not too principled about how he gets out of it! Read more
Published 15 months ago by ali scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly deceived
With such a strong first narration you come to terms easily with "the sickness" and believe every word he says! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kirsten Barlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Not run of the mill
An interesting book that is certainly not a run of the mill thriller; feels like it was written in an afternoon, and can be read at a similar rate, but has a considerably longer... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Fredbear
2.0 out of 5 stars predictable
A short book written sixty years ago when society wasn't aware of the many factors that can contribute to the severity of this psychological illness. Read more
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