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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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Initial post: 3 Mar 2010 13:03:31 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
I was unengaged. Impossible to care about the characters.
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