The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me

Book - 1991
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Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas.  The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring.  But, then, most people don't know about the sickness --the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger.  The sickness that is about to surface again.

An underground classic since its publication in 1952, The Killer Inside Me is the book that made Jim Thompson's name synonymous with the roman noir .
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991
Edition: First Vintage crimeBlack Lizard edition
ISBN: 9780679733973
0679733973
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tho
Description: 244 pages ; 21 cm

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Sheriff Lou Ford is kind of slow and boring. But he's a nice guy. Except when he's ... not.

Lou Ford is a good sheriff. An upright guy. Even a little boring. Until he's . . . not.


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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2015

You're gonna say, they can't keep a good man down. You're gonna say, a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. You're gonna smile, boy, you're gonna show 'em the ol' fightin' smile. And then you're gonna get out there an' hit 'em hard and fast and low, an'-an' Fight!"

We might have the disease, the condition; or we might just be cold-blooded and smart as hell; or we might be innocent of what we're supposed to have done. We might be any one of those three things, because the symptoms we show would fit any one of the three.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2015

We're living in a funny world, kid, a peculiar civilization. The police are playing crooks in it, and the crooks are doing police duty. The politicians are preachers, and the preachers are politicians. The tax collectors collect for themselves. The Bad People want us to have more dough, and the Good People are fighting to keep it from us. It's not good for us, know what I mean? If we all had all we wanted to eat, we'd crap too much. We'd have inflation in the toilet paper industry. That's the way I understand it. That's about the size of some of the arguments I've heard."

You ask me why I stick around, knowing the score, and it's hard to explain. I guess I kind of got a foot on both fences, Johnnie. I planted 'em there early and now they've taken root, and I can't move either way and I can't jump. All I can do is wait until I split. Right down the middle. That's all I can do and…

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2015

"That's right," I said. "The man with the grin is the man who will win."

You don't need proof, know what I mean? Not from what I've seen of the law in operation. All you need is a tip that a guy is guilty. From then on, unless he's a big shot, it's just a matter of making him admit it.

There are things that have to be forgotten if you want to go on living. And somehow I did want to; I wanted to more than ever. If the Good Lord made a mistake in us people it was in making us want to live when we've got the least excuse for it.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2015

Every cloud has its silver lining, at least that's the way I figure it. I mean, if we didn't have the rain we wouldn't have the rainbows, now would we?"

Out here you say yes ma'am and no ma'am to anything with skirts on; anything white, that is. Out here, if you catch a man with his pants down, you apologize… even if you have to arrest him afterwards. Out here you're a man, a man and a gentleman, or you aren't anything. And God help you if you're not.

...she looked a little scrawny around the neck and ankles. But that was all right. It was perfectly all right. The good Lord had known just where to put that flesh where it would really do some good.

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May 21, 2015

Another great, chilling Jim Thompson noir- it's a great read!

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2015

A bone chilling psychopath's firsthand account on his string of brutal murders. It is a page turner if you dare to find out what comes next ... Having watched the jaw-dropping movie, decided to read this book. Here is an excellent write up comparing the film with book:
http://realmofryan.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-review-killer-inside-me.html

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