Pop. 1280 Paperback – Oct 3 1990
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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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Plotting isn't usually Thompson's strong suit, but Pop. 1280 is incredibly polished. Revelations that come later in the book are shocking, but on subsequent readings (which are well-deserved) it's obvious that they were being given away from the beginning. It's always quite an achievement when a writer manages this, and it's done perfectly here, and using a first-person narration.
Nick Corey is one of the most distinctive narrative voices I've ever read, and few writers have created a character more likeable, funny or disturbing.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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.Published on Sept. 18 2011 by hughy
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. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by Max Durbin
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... Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by TonyD
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Jackson Pollock
Dude, this guy is the baddest sherriff in these here parts! He's a psycho, plain and simple! But man, is he cool!Published on Oct. 23 2002
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by Westley
Nick Corey is high sheriff of a small county and shouldn't have a worry in the world as long as he doesn't arrest anyone or at least anyone with money. Read morePublished on March 1 2002 by Paul Miller
The Killer Inside Me, a slick novel about a psychotic deputy sheriff in a small Texan town, is perhaps Jim Thompson's best known and most admired work. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by lazza