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Sarcastically Typically Thompson
on 19 January 2001
After I read the interesting »The Killer Inside Me«, I had appetite for more Jim Thompson, and my choice fell on »Pop. 1280«. The story is pretty much the same in those two novels, only is the main character's complex and slightly psychopathic personality different. In a way, the sheriff in »Pop. 1280« has more sympathetic sides than the deputy in »The Killer Inside Me«
Once again, JimThompson successfully creates a thrilling environment in a tiny Texan county, and it is all experienced from inside the killer's mind. This way of telling a story works out very well, it glues your eyes to the book - and what's more is that Jim Thompson writes with a lot of humour and sarcasm. This gives the whole thing even more spice, and is maybe even the best feature of »Pop. 1280«.
I am very close to grant this novel 4 stars, but somehow, all in all, the book disappoints compared to »The Killer Inside Me«. If you want well-written, straight-forward, and very (black-)humourous suspense, Jim Thomson is your man, and »Pop. 1280« is not at all a bad choice!