The Killer Inside Me Paperback – 3 Aug 2006
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I don't read many books twice but Jim Thompson novels - due to their concise, dirty power, their relentless violence and purity - can always draw me in for a second time. Some of the most psychological crime writing ever done. I love James M Cain and Elmore Leonard but Jim Thompson holds a special place in my heart. (Bruce Springsteen)
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.See all Product description
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Lou's boss, Sheriff Bob Maples, thinks the world of young Lou but questions his lack of ambition and his apparent contentment in living in a boring, one-horse town where nothing much happens. Then things do start to happen, the local big-shot's son is found dead at the side of the local hooker who has been horribly battered beyond recognition.
It's difficult to say much more about the plot without risking a spoiler but suffice to say this is an intelligent novel, the language is rich and colloquial and the reasoning behind the murderer's motives is so chilling yet logical at the same time that I found myself lulled into a kind of calm which added to the shock when the same tone is used to describe a very violent murder in a very graphic way. Excellent stuff.
This is my first Jim Thompson book but he has written dozens of well known novels and The Getaway,The Grifters and this one, The Killer Inside Me, have been made into films.
If you don't mind graphic violence on paper this is an excellent book.
I had never heard of Jim Thompson, but browsing in a bookshop came across this. Stephen King recommended the author on the cover so I decided to pick it up and give it a try. I was surprised that it was written so long ago (1952) but I am quite a fan of the Noir period. James M Cain has to be one of most recently discovered favourite authors.
What is it about?
The book is told through the eyes of a small town deputy by the name of Lou Ford, a man who has created a fake persona as a slightly slow but lovable member of the community. We experience his paranoia and disturbed view of the world that leads him into a killing spree. Fuelled by past events from his childhood Ford meticulously plans each murder, but how long will it be before he is found out?
What did I like?
The action when it comes is very vivid, Thompson leaves very little to the imagination as we are described blow by blow the injuries inflicted on Ford's victims. I enjoyed the way that we are only allowed to experience Ford's own thoughts, this left me second guessing along with him whether or not the other characters were believing his stories or not. It was interesting to see how he perceived each situation and as his mental disease became more apparent to the reader, I also found myself looking at past events in a new light.
What didn't I like?
I understand the whole noir genre, and the need to keep language short and direct, but for me the novel was just a little too extreme. At times I lost myself in the plot and wasn't entirely sure what was happening. I admit, maybe this was just as much down to me as the author, but for me it spoilt the flow of the novel. Also I wish the author had explored Lou's early life a little more especially as the events directly related to his present day frame of mind. I love the character of Lou, but can't but help wonder what more have become if Cormac McCarthy had got his hands on him. Reminds me more than little of Child of God.
Anyway, by no means a poor read, just didn't hit enough buttons for me to be able to give it more than 3 stars. Looking at Amazon it has more than it's fair share of 5 star reviews so I am willing to accept that the fault is likely to be with me. I don't think I will actively seek out any more of Thompson's works, but if one 'fell' into my lap I would possibly give it a try.
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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