This book was first published in 1952. It is 2007 and it is still very timely.
Lou Ford is a deputy sheriff somewhere in Texas. Everybody likes him and he is always helpful to others.
In the beginning of the first pages the reader experiences Lous other sides:
Behind all the niceness and helpfulness lurks a sadistic animal whose veins lie in bodily and mental abuse.
The books written out of Lous perspective, the psychopath without mercy for his victims. Based on the events of his youth, the loss of his brother, who took Lous guilt and paid with his life, a hate-love developes particulary against a special type of women.
Lou kills several people and seems to be always under control of himself.
What has to be will be done, is necessary for him. He is confident nobody could possibly do any harm to him.
If not his best, then top 3 for sure. Dark joy ride of trills by probably the best author in this field. READ IT
This is a difficult story to review. I can appreciate it as a very dark suspense novel, as a chilling portrayal of a cold blooded killer, as a well crafted period piece. Lou Ford is a sinister and unpredictable character. The setting for his violence-filled downward spiral, an isolated West Texas town of the 1950's, is nicely drawn; the suspense is undeniable.
But I find that I don't care for the somewhat formulaic language of noir, which is terse and edgy. While the language fits the story, it doesn't illuminate people and events. Instead it obscures them, makes them seem merely superficial, sometimes even completely incomprehensible. The story's impact is immediate but short-lived. This isn't an author, or a genre, I'll spend much time with.
Intreging insite into a sociopath.
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. "Jim Thompson is the best suspense writer going, bar none." The New York Times.
Loud Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in TX. The worst thing most people can say against hiim 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.