The Killer Inside Me Paperback – 3 Aug 2006
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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.See all Product Description
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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
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.Read more ›
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Another great read. The sort of book you should pick up on the plane out of Heathrow to LA to get you in the swing of things!Published 6 months ago by wmp oxley
The best book about a serial killer I have ever read. Jim Thompson is awesome. I have read this twice now and the writing is superb. Economical, darkly comical. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JJM