The Killer Inside Me [NOOK Book]

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Everyone 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 ...
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Overview

Everyone 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 wish your daughter would end up with someday.

But 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 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 him.

In 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.

In a small town in Texas there is a sheriff's deputy named Lou Ford, a man so dull that he lives in cliches, so good-natured that he doesn't even lay a finger on the drunks who come into his custody. But then, that would be too easy, for Lou's sickness requires other victims. . . . A nightmarish book of psychopathic evil.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316196024
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 39,156
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jim 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 co-wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory"). 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2010

    crazy mind blowing book

    All is not as it seems in this is chilling account told by Lou Ford, a sheriff's deputy in a small town in Texas. This easy-going, well-liked man is a respected citizen of the town and is well known for his quiet, gentle nature. But it's all an act and as Lou tells us a little about his past, the demons in his head that are behind his secret, violent nature.

    This is a serial killer book with a couple of very interesting features. The first is, it was written back when stories about serial killers weren't very common and so, was pretty groundbreaking stuff. The second is that it is written entirely in the first person from the point of view of the killer. We get the total range of emotions from before, during and after each murder. The thought processes that prompt every action and the way he goes about covering up his tracks satisfies the stream of consciousness style writing that makes this book so chilling. We get a terrific example of the grim style of Jim Thompson's storytelling that is captivating and slightly horrifying. The book is a great example of the excellent usage of stream of consciousness to better understand the intricate inner workings of a psychotic man.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Worst. Book. Ever.

    The only reason I can see that Stephen King would have endorsed such a piece of trash, is that the "author" was blackmailing him.

    Did anyone actually believe that she was really dead?? The only good thing I can say about this crap is that it is only 200 pages long.

    The writing was shoddy, boring, and poorly thought out. I would have dropped it like a hot rock if I wasn't OCD about finishing a book I have begun.

    Save yourself the torture and don't bother with this book. (Unless you happen to be out of toilet paper.)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    The first part of this book scared me so much that it took me two years to finish. After the the main character talks to the call girl,I nearly threw up. Why did I keep reading? Jim Thompson's prose is so terse, and I loved his book, Pop. 1280. By the end you just feel like Thompson understands the perverted mind so much that one feels he could not have been sane himself. And then you realize that it's the writing. It's just brilliant!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    SAMPLE TOO SHORT

    I just finished the 29 page sample of this book which would have been sufficient except 27 of those pages were the introduction written by Stephen King. I prefer to read an actual sample of the AUTHOR'S writing, not someone else's opinion (even Stephen King's, one of my favorite authors) and one and a half pages is hardly a sample.
    N. Yaras

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    Fear This Book

    The tale of an average joe - who is sick ... very sick. Thompson takes you deeply into his world. It made me recognize how little separates us from the disturbed. KT

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Crime the way it should be written

    I am new to Thompson. I think I picked the perfect book to introduce myself to one of the masters of the genre. Witty, dry, intriguing and horrific, Thompson's 'protagonist' Lou Ford is a brilliant piece of work. A quick read that stays with you. I am moving on to the next Thompson with great eagerness...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    A Definite read

    For a book published back in the 50's I never expected it to be ss disturbing and at times frightening. The characters really gave you that realism that you don't always find in a book. A vey quick read , but worth taking the time to indulge in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    I enjoyed it

    I think Worst.Book.Ever is a cheapskate in disguise. Dude you should have used Overdrive and read it free. Do you have a library card? Maybe i should ask, "do they have libraries where you are from?".

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Question

    Why is Stephen King's name on this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    CRAZY!!!!

    Have you guys seen the movie? The movie is way more disturbing! Watch it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    Boring as Hell

    I struggled to read this title because the narration was boring. I sense that this title would have been better if it was a movie because reading the internal musing of the main character turned out to be uninteresting and tedious.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Unusually captivating.

    Out of the ordinary storytelling. Kept my interest throughout.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Luke Warm

    I don't understand the controversy with this book. I read it because it was a list of the 25 most disturbing books of all time. I thought it was not very disturbing at all... I compare it to Albert Camus' The Stranger, only not even close to as good. Obviously the main character and narrator is a psycho, and he obviously thinks he is just fine and reasonable for the most part. I don't understand what is odd about that for a crazy person. Anyways, I give this book 2/5 because it held my attention but I was expecting SO much more!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Not that great.

    I bought this book and the Talented Mr. Ripley at the same time. 80 pages into this one I put it down. The book was hard to follow. You couldnt see in your head what was going on. If your looking for what I was looking for in this book, go for The Talented Mr. Ripley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Honest, demented.

    A very honest portrayal of a demented mind. A good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Read it

    Sdsn

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 1, 2012

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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