The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me

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by Jim Thompson, Stephen King
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316404068
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
139,509
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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 Detectivewhen 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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The Killer Inside Me 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?".
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Sonnyci More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very honest portrayal of a demented mind. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry but I found this book borderline silly! Wish I could have found something worth it's recommendation, but save your $$$$$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant and disturbing novel
Basil More than 1 year ago
A roadside billboard reads: WARNING! WARNING! HITCHHIKERS MAY BE ESCAPED LUNATICS Welcome to the nightmare world of Jim Thompson, author Stephen King invites us in his laudatory introduction to The Killer Inside Me. "This anonymous and little-read Oklahoma novelist captured the spirit of his age...emptiness, a feeling of loss in a land of plenty..." However, whether Thompson enjoys space on the shelf beside Moby Dick and Huckleberry Finn, as King suggests, is highly arguable. But the book's stand in the mystery/slasher genre is high indeed. Says King in a memorable quote from another critic: "Leslie Fiedler suggests in "Love and Death in the American Novel" that the language Thompson employs to tell Deputy Ford's story has a kind of starey, socketed ugliness that rasps across our minds like stiff wire bristles." This is especially true in passeges like: "I backed her against the wall, slugging, and it was like pounding a pumpkin...I wiped my gloves on her body; it was her blood and it belonged there." Thompson also has a strong feel for his venue, Central City, Texas, and its local standards of conduct, including the Sheriff's interview with a "hustlin' lady." Thus: "Out here you say ma'am and no ma'am to anything with skirts on; anything white, that is...Out here you're a man, a man and a gentleman, or you aren't anything. And God help you if you're not." Jim Thompson deserves due respect for The Killer Inside Me. At its best--and that's frequent enough--the work has a masterful, colorful grip.
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J3v0n More than 1 year ago
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.