Pop. 1280

Pop. 1280


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316403788
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Mulholland Classic Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 312,448
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detectivewhen he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also co-wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory). 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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Pop. 1280 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Reviews-ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
"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".
RLoughran More than 1 year ago
Gritty, enjoyable. Sweltering nights. A hard-drinking sheriff in a corrupt town. Corpses and women galore.
marcfitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can't say enough about this book! It's reminiscent of "A Man Without Qualities" but with more laughs and violence. Ultimately a picture of a man at odds with both himself and existence, torn between two identities and left without a soul. A brilliant work.
mstrust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nick Corey is the lazy and cowardly high sheriff of a little southern town. He believes that he's kept in office because the town likes that he doesn't get into anyone's business, even the crooks. It isn't until Nick starts seeing that he's expected to do his job or he'll be unemployed that he starts forming plans about the local pimps, the wife-beating husband of his mistress, the morals of his other mistress, the patronizing sheriff of the next county and the mean wife who tricked Nick into marrying her. Turns out that Nick wasn't stupid, he just needed to be motivated into action.Thompson was on fire when he wrote this one. Sheriff Nick is like Sheriff Lou Ford's lost brother and it's delightful to watch Nick praise the Lord after all his evil deeds.
datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little too much like the Killer Inside Me. I'm not sure I really have the taste for Thompson's books, if these two are a representative example. They are clever in their depiction of the title characters malevolent manipulation of other people and of events to suit their own purposes - but they are so unremittingly dark without any sort of epiphany or memorable epigrams that you may find yourself wondering why you are spending your time with these characters. Outwardly dumb, inwardly Machiavellian, it is not easy for the reader to empathize with more than a little part of them. After a while, the fascination of watching the train wreck wears off. If you are after nihilism, dive right in. If you're looking for something a little more entertaining but still hardboiled, try Dan Marlowe or John D. McDonald's early non-Travis McGee books. The nearest modern equivalent is Joe Lansdale, who uses the same type of crude humor and unsophisticated story telling, but whose central characters are always sympathetic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
some of the lines were so funny it had me spitting out my coffee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok book. Didnt much care for the ending. If bored, read it .otherwise forget it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not saying you'll like it, but I'm not saying you won't, either...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.