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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,602 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: John McLain Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781611137323
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murray | 2/18/2014

    " An idiot's progress on all sorts of levels. The story arcs to a terrific philosophical and psychological ending. Human motives have never been so entertainingly examined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/10/2014

    " Really clever and entertaining writing. I wasn't sure I quite understood the ending, but that was Nick's style, ambiguous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moose | 2/1/2014

    " Very fast read(literally a few hours). I had read this year ago in SF and totally forgot til I started it again. I forgot how it ended, so I kept going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariel Dennis | 1/30/2014

    " Profound. So many concepts about God.. Brutal and different if you're not familiar with the southern culture like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Crittenden | 1/30/2014

    " I think this is my first Jim Thompson novel. It was unexpectedly dark, and now I must read more and watch the films that are based on his novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 agent zero | 1/6/2014

    " A chiunque mi chiedesse un consiglio su che libro leggere, un romanzetto veloce, da divorare, ben scritto, di un autore circondato da un alone di innegabile fascino, non avrei dubbi: Colpo di spugna di Jim Thompson, l'unico capolavoro che ho letto nel 2005. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/2/2014

    " Homilies about it being so quiet you can hear a weevil crap on a cotton ball and bearing not just a cross, but a whole lumber yard are eloquently spouted by the narrator, a foul-mouthed and morally ambiguous southern sheriff in this very funny (and very raw) book. It does lack a satisfying ending. I'm curious how the French film based on it winds things up. Also, it's set in horse and buggy days so the cover art with the contemporary Clive Owen lookalike is misleading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 12/25/2013

    " So this was my second Jim Thompson in almost as many days---I enjoyed this book===like the first I read, The Killer Inside Me, it has a unique and easy to read style. I think I referred to it as loping in my last review and this one was the same--told once again in the first person, a way I find extremely quick to read for some reason. My big complaint here is that it is almost exactly the same as The Killer Inside Me--insane lawman, extremely dull headed people in a small town, similar setting, and very similar ending. Even two characters of a similar type shared the name Amy. Now I am not one to go picking--I am not pretentious (it's my biggest pet peeve) and I will sit reading a Mad magazine and cracking up as easily as I will read an in depth biography of Charles the II or Elizabeth the First---but this one really had the feel of someone re-writing a book they already had written. I like Thompson's style a lot (except for the racism and sexism of course--which are of the time and at least I feel that in the case of the racism it is subtly insinuated that people with this attitude are backwards.), so I will give him another chance--but if the third book I read has so much in common in terms of the storyline, that will be my last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbi Dion | 12/18/2013

    " was browsing a friend's bookshelf, picked up this book, read the first page, and didn't put it down. excellent pacing, plot, language, characterization and freaking hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 11/30/2013

    " Crushingly dark and surprisingly funny. Classic noir, but set in the dusty south with one of the most sinister characters ever created in sheriff Nick Corey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Chance | 11/20/2013

    " Man, Jim Thompson is a sick puppy. I'm always interested in books written in first person with unreliable narrators. This dude is as unreliable as they get. The first few pages don't prepare you for what's to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Kahler | 11/13/2013

    " Starts bizarrely and ends the same, until you get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Legault | 11/2/2013

    " This novel is hilarious, especially if you imagine a 60's era Slim Pickens in the lead role. After you've read the book, see the movie: Coup de Torchon. You'll laugh until your liver hurts! (You might also cry blood.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 10/31/2013

    " the first Thompson I read. I thought it was amazing, until I read more. It's very good, but derivative. Read it, but don't skip "The Killer Inside Me" for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unbridled | 10/17/2013

    " Pop. 1280 shocked me with its subtle skill. The narrator is cleverly imagined and expertly brought to life. I'd never read Thompson before but he really showed me something in this short, fast book. Clever is the word that keeps repeating itself to me. Thompson is a true pro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/8/2013

    " No one gets the fair treatment in this book, and everyone has a secret and a gun or lead pipe. This one is a classic- Jim Thompson should be given more credit in the pantheon of Americana. It was hard to read but harder to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jc | 9/30/2013

    " The only thing good and original is that the main character is a really bad guy. There is some humor but it is pretty thick, whereas the plot is pretty thin and the country bumpkin speak is a bit overdone. Overall a very mediocre book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 7/10/2013

    " A very funny and demented story narrated by a delusional sheriff of a small town. Great all the way through until the end, which thematically makes sense, but cuts short the plot in a rather unsatisfying manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 5/22/2013

    " I am a sucker for dark, gritty crime fiction set in the deep south so I gave this book a try. Suffice to say I was impressed. I definitely will read more by Jim Thompson because imo he was unique & a hell of a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xio | 2/25/2013

    " I have to re read this but I recall it as being one of the better mystery creepy psychological thrillers I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris King | 10/21/2012

    " Andy Griffith turns evil in this nihilo-comic western noir tale. This was my first exposure to Jim Thompson. Definitely gonna read some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Hainley | 6/22/2012

    " Hayseed noir. I was a little skeptical at first that it was a little too much the former, and a little too little the latter. But it was quickly revealed that Thompson was playing the long game, and me like a sucker, the whole time. "

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