And it was this one:
Lou Ford is a popular deputy sheriff in a small Texas town, but he has an very very dark side that he keeps will hidden from the public. But after learning to control that darkness after doing something heinous as a young man, it is starting to pour out of him again.
This is the first Jim Thompson novel I’ve read, and while it’s certainly not an easy read (because the subject matter is *very* dark), it’s a compelling one, particularly because it is written from Lou’s point of view, which gave me an increasing sense of loathing as he carefully details his plans to kill people around him, make scapegoats out of others to cover his tracks, and takes great delight in the authorities believing his lies about what really happened.
That’s also what makes the book disturbing, the very calm, measured way in which Lou details his ‘sickness’ and the satisfaction he gets from explaining how he plans to get away with it all.
So The Killer Inside Me isn’t exactly a book I can say I enjoyed reading, because there’s certainly nothing fun about it, but it does feel horribly real, like it’s been ripped from the pages of a notorious killer’s diary. What I can say is that I’ll be reading more Jim Thompson in the future.
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