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Pop. 1280 [Paperback]

Jim Thompson
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Oct. 3 1990 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
As high sheriff of Potts County, Nick Corey spends most of his time eating, sleeping and avoiding trouble. If only people--especially some troublesome pimps, his foul-tempered wife, and his half-witted brother-in-law--would stop pushing him around. Because when Nick is pushed, he begins to kill . . . or to make others do his killing for him!

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WWW.TANGLED-WEB.CO.UK featured a review of POP. 1280 on their site from the 21st March 03. This included a summary of the plot. WRITER'S JOURNAL will be publishing a large feature on Jim Thompson and will be mentioning our new titl --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

(1906 - 1977) James Meyers Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films “The Killing” and “Paths of Glory”). An outstanding crime writer, the world of his fiction is rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, Thompson’s work at its best is both philosophical and experimental. Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).

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4.0 out of 5 stars bloody funny Sept. 18 2011
By hughy
Since reviews must be at least 20 words long, some padding has been added to the review which states that this book is bloody and funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thompson's masterpiece Dec 7 2003
For my money, POP.1280, is Jim Thompson's best work, combining his talents for characterization, hard boiled crime tales, a sense of the absurd, and social commentary. The lead character of the small town sheriff, who is a cunning psychopath masquerading as a simpleton, is one of modern literatures most stunning villains. The character's nihilism, lack of empathy, and the ability to use people's flaws in his favor, make him a sort of Texan Iago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Stranger" in a Familiar Land March 11 2003
Like other reviewers on this site, I beleive that Pop. 1280 is Thompson's best. No novel since Camus's The Stranger has so sucessfully explored the existentialist quandry in a crime novel setting. On the second page, Nick Corey announces that "I didn't know what the heck to do," and thereby launches his brilliant and brilliantly funny quest into the savage heart of America. Stranger in a familiar land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Thompson's Best Jan. 23 2003
Jim Thompson tried a few different styles of narration in his books, with varying levels of success. But the first-person, interior perspective he uses in Pop. 1280 is totally smooth and effective. It's not for the light-hearted though, as the reader enters the mind of a psychopath, and finds himself (or at least I did) sympathizing with him -- or at least with his feelings and motives, if not his actions. The amazing thing about this book is the way Thompson blends horror with real pathos, plus incredible, laugh-out-loud humor. And the last chapter, with its revelations, is a sad and personal one. I agree with some other reviewers that it's a better read than The Killer in Me, which is saying something. So, if you feel up to the task (if Tom Ripley makes you queasy, don't go here), this is a great Jim Thompson novel. And if you like it, I can recommend The Grifters as another good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest cop since Dirty Harry Oct. 24 2002
Dude, this guy is the baddest sherriff in these here parts! He's a psycho, plain and simple! But man, is he cool!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Thompson's Best Oct. 6 2002
By Westley
POP. 1280 is in the tradition of other great Thompson books, such as THE KILLER INSIDE ME. The protagonist is a seemingly respectable, law-abiding citizen -- small-town Southern sheriff, Nick Corey. He's been pushed around by his wife, brother-in-law, and most other town folks. In the beginning it's clear that Corey has been a very passive sheriff, and his anger at being considered weak is building. The book chronicles how he slowly and dramatically strikes back. Corey's much smarter than most of the town thinks, but he's also probably delusional, which is what ultimately makes this book such a black comic gem. There are more laugh-out loud moments in this book than in most Thompson books. The plot depends on a number of coincidences and stretches of logic, but it's great fun and there are some truly great surprises along the way. Overall, I think it's one of Thompson's most enjoyable and funny books, with some memorable moments and characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This One Creeps Up On You Sept. 8 2002
It would appear at the start of this book that Nick Corey, the sheriff of the town of Pottsville, is to be the hero of the story. He seems like a gentle, somewhat simple man who believes that inaction is always the most prudent course of action. He feels it "just wouldn't seem right" to have to arrest people, so generally, he doesn't. But slowly it began to dawn on me that this is a Jim Thompson book and there simply aren't heroes in his books.
It turns out that Nick Corey is quite similar to another Jim Thompson character, Lou Ford from The Killer Inside Me. In fact, it's worthwhile reading both books to compare these two characters. They are so different, yet incredibly similar.
The chilling thing about this book lies in how deeply convinced everyone is that Nick is a simpleton who is a harmless, lazy man. But the truth is apparent to the reader how rat-cunning he actually is. The desire to be re-elected to his post as sheriff drives his day-to-day activity and everyone underestimates just how far he'll go to ensure his re-election, myself included.
Apart from the sinister actions of Nick Corey, the story is actually quite amusing, told in the first person in a light and witty tone of voice. Nick manages to put an amusing spin on all aspects of his day-to-day life, most especially the parts in which he's doing absolutely nothing at all.
This is a typical Jim Thompson story. There are no heroes, as a matter of fact; there are few, if any, likable characters in the book. The main character narrates in a style that feels as though he's saying: here are the facts, make of them what you will. It's a chiller rather than a mystery and events took me by surprise more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rock & roll April 18 2002
By A Customer
it dont git any better then this
joe bob says chech it out, man
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