Overview

Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose. He doesn't solve problems, enforce rules or arrest criminals. He knows that nobody in tiny Potts County actually wants to follow the law and he is perfectly content lazing about, eating five meals a day, and sleeping with all the eligible women.

Still, Nick has some very complex problems to deal with. Two local pimps have been sassing him, ruining his already tattered reputation. His girlfriend Rose...
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Pop. 1280

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Overview

Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose. He doesn't solve problems, enforce rules or arrest criminals. He knows that nobody in tiny Potts County actually wants to follow the law and he is perfectly content lazing about, eating five meals a day, and sleeping with all the eligible women.

Still, Nick has some very complex problems to deal with. Two local pimps have been sassing him, ruining his already tattered reputation. His girlfriend Rose is being terrorized by her husband. And then, there's his wife and her brother Lenny who won't stop troubling Nick's already stressed mind. Are they a little too close for a brother and a sister?

With an election coming up, Nick needs to fix his problems and fast. Because the one thing Nick does know is that he will do anything to stay sheriff. Because, as it turns out, Sheriff Nick Corey is not nearly as dumb as he seems.

In Pop. 1280, widely regarded as a classic of mid-20th century crime, Thompson offers up one of his best, in a tale of lust, murder, and betrayal in the Deep South that was the basis for the critically acclaimed French film Coup de Torchon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316195874
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 12/25/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 217
  • Sales rank: 85,920
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Grim and gritty and genius

    I'm not saying you'll like it, but I'm not saying you won't, either...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Thompson┬┐s genius shines through in "Pop. 1280".

    "Pop. 1280" by Jim Thompson, format MP3, Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite

    Recently I have reviewed several of Jim Thompson’s audio books. His books are all intense, more than a bit off the wall and distinctive. Another thing that stands out in Thompson’s book is that the characters are all a mix of good and evil; he shows how people are multidimensional. No one is totally good. When faced with certain situations all will compromise their morals. Believe Thompson to be a very cynical person.

    "Pop. 1280" is the story of a small town sheriff, Nick Corey. Corey’s goal in life is to get paid to do nothing. He enjoys eating, sleeping and well, that is about it. The town’s people seem to think Nick is the town idiot. Letting them believe this serves his purpose. Actually he is a brilliant manipulator. He allows people to “hang themselves.” For a long time Nick has allowed his wife, brother-in-law, the town people and the sheriffs in other counties intimidate him. Nick took it and slowly the anger began to build until like a pressure cooker he exploded. Perhaps exploded isn’t the right word, for what he did was plot and manipulate people into getting his revenge for him.

    There is an amazing amount of humor in this dark read. The scene where Nick is telling another sheriff about two pimps is hilarious. Nick allows the sheriff to belittle and abuse him. However, in the end Nick had the last word. This is my favorite Jim Thompson story. Thompson’s genius shines through in "Pop. 1280".

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Down and Dirty

    Gritty, enjoyable. Sweltering nights. A hard-drinking sheriff in a corrupt town. Corpses and women galore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Wonderfully Fun

    If you enjoy book with common language and a thick, but easy, plot you will like this book. Take it on the plane with you and look around and see who it reminds you of.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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