A cheap acquisition in a library book sale, I bought this even though the book by Thompson that I long to read is actually The Killer Inside Me.
That aside, I enjoyed Pop. 1280. The title refers to the county over which Sheriff Nick Corey presides. It is a very small county in the American South. Written in the 60s, its author is famed for the book I mentioned earlier, and wrote a great deal of ‘pulp fiction’. Anyway, the aforementioned sheriff is a seemingly decent man. He’s the narrator, so that’s what he would have us believe! In places his narration really makes me smile, but boy is he a corrupt, messed up character deep down. In short, He starts doing some very bad things.
This is a very strange book. I felt it was getting really juicy and grim, and then it tailed off. I was left a bit disappointed by the ending. However, I will continue to search for more of Jim Thompson’s books. I liked his gritty, tongue in cheek, brutal at times, style of writing.
I give Pop. 1280 7/10.