In The Small Town Of Central City, Texas Loves Lou Ford A Deputy Sheriff, Lou S Known To The Small Time Criminals, The Real Estate Entrepreneurs, And All Of His Coworkers The Low Lifes, The Big Timers, And Everyone In Between As The Nicest Guy Around He May Not Be The Brightest Or The Most Interesting Man In Town, But Nevertheless, He S The Kind Of Officer You Re Happy To Have Keeping Your Streets Safe The Sort Of Man You Might Even [Jim Thompson] · The Killer Inside Me [amazon PDF] read Online · Wish Your Daughter Would End Up With SomedayBut Behind The Platitudes And Glad Handing Lurks A Monster The Likes Of Which Few Have Seen An Urge That Has Already Claimed Multiple Lives, And Cost Lou His Brother Mike, A Self Sacrificing Construction Worker Who Fell To His Death On The Job In What Was Anything But An Accident A Murder That Lou Is Determined To Avenge And If Innocent People Have To Die In The Process, Well, That S Perfectly All Right With HimIn The Killer Inside Me, Thompson Goes Where Few Novelists Have Dared To Go, Giving Us A Pitch Black Glimpse Into The Mind Of The American Serial Killer Years Before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, And Brett Easton Ellis S American Psycho, In The Novel That Will Forever Be Known As The Master Performance Of One Of The Greatest Crime Novelists Of All Time HOWDY FOLKS MY NAME IS LOU FORD AND I M A MILD MANNERED, DEPUTY SHERIFF IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWNOH BTWI M ALSO A SADISTIC, DEEPLY DISTURBED, PSYCHOPATHIC KILLER. NICE TO MEET YOU 5. 0 stars A one of a kind reading experience that I can not recommendhighly for fans of noir crime fiction or psychological thrillers Told in the first person by Lou Ford, who to all outward appearances is a thoughtful, considerate if somewhat slow Deputy Sheriff of Capital City, Texas, population 50,000 Lou never gets mad, doesn t even carry a gun and seems to be the ideal law enforcement officer given his even keel and ability to handle almost any situation Well don t get too comfortable because there has never been a better example of the old adage, looks can be deceiving Inside Lou is a cold, calculating killer with absolutely ZERO empathy for the people aro Ever meet someone at a party and think they re pretty cool until they let something slip and you realize they may in fact be bat shit psycho That s how Lou Ford, the protagonist of The Killer Inside Me is I also suspect that Jim Thompson may have been that way as well. The Killer Inside Me is the story of Lou Ford, a small town sheriff who s a little slow and a little boring Or he would have you believe Lou Ford spends most of his time keeping the sickness inside him in check Lou s a sociopath and has killed multiple times in the past Lou tries to get even with a man he suspects killed his brother and gets himself ensnared in a criminal investigation Can he murder his way out of it The story itself is pretty simple Ford tries to set something up to sully the good name of the Conway family and chaos ensues What makes it wor First of all, a warning if you happen to pick up the edition I did that includes an introductory essay from Stephen King, make sure you read it after you finish the book Goddamn it, either the entire principal of spoiler completely flies over this man s head, or he just loves being a bastard about these things After 2014 s Twitter controversy where he spoiled a major death for fans of HBO s Game of Thrones series, I m pretty certain it s the latter It s not that he doesn t get it he just doesn t care And he does it here too, spoiling a MAJOR scene from Thompson s classic noir novel Thanks a lot, Uncle Stevie I don t care that the book was published in 1952 it s not the same as revealing the Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks or that Janet Leigh gets stabbed in the shower in Psycho And it s especially not the same as revealing that Romeo and Juliet die in Act 5 Now you r ô The Killer Inside Me ✓ Jim Thompson must have had noir in his veins instead of red blood cells This dark first person story has the reader inhabiting the mind of a killer in way that most authors can t even come close to matching It s disturbing, chilling and one of the best pieces of crime fiction I ve ever read. Lou Ford is a small town sheriff s deputy in West Texas He appears to be just a good natured, not to bright, good ole boy who usually speaks in a series of clich s to the point of annoying or boring whoever he s talking to But Lou s persona is all a mask to hide his true self and to keep what he thinks of as his sickness in check. When Lou is dispatched to give a warning to a call girl named Joyce, it escalates into a confrontation that unleashes Lou s sadistic side, and he s shocked to discover that I went into this with high expectations I mean, who doesn t love a good psychopath Especially one with a boat load of issues who is in a position of authority and trust Enter Lou Ford, small town sheriff and all round good guy or so his sweet and slightly slow disposition would have you think But Lou has the sickness Most of the time he manages to keep it hidden beneath a cheery and easy going attitude, most of the time you would assume he is just your average Joe Until every once in a while his temper rises and he becomes possessed with an uncontrollable rage and the killer inside him comes out. Fabulous Except for the part where I was rather disappointed The Killer Inside Me isn t a bad book, it was just nowhere near as good as I thought it was going to be Lou Ford did not creep me out in the way he was suppos The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson s classic Roman Noir Just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul Monsters are variations from the accepted normal to a greater or a less degree As a child may be born without an arm, so one may be born without kindness or the potential of conscience A man who loses his arms in an accident has a great struggle to adjust himself to the lack, but one born without arms suffers only from people who find him strange Having never had arms, he cannot miss them To a monster the norm must seem monstrous, since everyone is normal to himself To th It s always lightest just before the darkThis is one terrific tale, though nasty as all get out Thompson seems to have serious Mommy issues, as all his women, be they whores or schoolmarms, are shrewish harpies AND, he seems to believe that a good beating is the only foreplay a woman should ever need. He is not alone in his cringe worthy treatment of the ladies It seems to be a common problem that has bugged the hell out of me in other books of this ilk and is probably the main reason I don t readnoir If you can ignore the quite literal female bashing here, this is a remarkably intriguing and arresting story, and a fascinating look inside the mind of a psychopath. Stephen King said about novelist Jim Thompson He was crazy He went running into the American subconscious with a blowtorch in one hand and a pistol in the other, screaming his goddamn head off No one else came close I thought I would love this book, and I did somewhat I feel kinda dirty after reading it though Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is well. . he is a fucker He hides in plain sight That calm deputy that draws no attention to himself, but deep inside his monster s lurk Told from the first person this story draws you in and spits you out at the end It s not a long book, I finished it in just a few hours That s honestly about all I could take, any longer and I would have screamed for mercy. Lou likes smacking around and spanking his women I hated him immensely at that point then you find out some of his history and kinda feel sorry for him Then the monster rears his ugly This was a humdinger of a story written through the eyes of a sheriff Lou Ford of a small, middle of nowhere west Texas town of Central City Is he an easy going, well liked man and a respected citizen of the town, well known for his quiet, gentle nature On the inside he has a dark side he is a sociopathic killer who seems to think that life is ruled by any means necessary, full of both corny, small town bonhomie and murderous psychosexual rage He will not hesitate to eliminate his loved ones with brutal emotional dis attachment In the following discussion in the novel he is describing his perspective on life You re a square Joe am I i said How do you know i am, Johnny How can a man ever really know anything Were living in a funny world, kid, a peculiar civilisation The police are play
About The Author
See this thread for information. James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.Thompson wrote than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the late 1940s through mid 1950s Despite some positive critical notice, notably by Anthony Boucher in the New York Times, he was little recognized in his lifetime Only after death did Thompson s literary stature grow, when in the late 1980s, several novels were re published in the Black Lizard series of re discovered crime fiction.Thompson s writing culminated in a few of his best regarded works The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman and Pop 1280 In these works, Thompson turned the derided pulp genre into literature and art, featuring unreliable narrators, odd structure, and surrealism.The writer R.V Cassills has suggested that of all pulp fiction, Thompson s was the rawest and most harrowing that neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler nor even Horace McCoy, author of the bleak They Shoot Horses, Don t They , ever wrote a book within miles of Thompson 1 Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompson s work because The guy was over the top The guy was absolutely over the top Big Jim didn t know the meaning of the word stop There are three brave lets inherent in the forgoing he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it Thompson admired Fyodor Dostoevsky and was nicknamed Dimestore Dostoevsky by writer Geoffrey O Brien Film director Stephen Frears, who directed an adaptation of Thompson s The Grifters as 1990 s The Grifters, also identified elements of Greek tragedy in his themes.