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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781611137286
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Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas, loves Lou Ford. A deputy sheriff, Lou’s known to the small-time criminals, the real estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers—the low-lifes, the big-timers, and everyone in-between—as the nicest guy around. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he’s the kind of officer you’re happy to have keeping your streets safe. The sort of man you might even wish your daughter would end up with someday.

But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have seen. An urge that has already claimed multiple lives, and cost Lou his brother Mike, a self-sacrificing construction worker fell to his death on the job in what was anything but an accident. A murder that Lou is determined to avenge—and if innocent people have to die in the process, well, that’s perfectly all right with him.

In The Killer inside Me, Thompson goes where few novelists have dared to go, giving us a pitch-black glimpse into the mind of the American Serial Killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered.”

    Stanley Kubrick

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy | 2/17/2014

    " Brilliant book. Very, very brutal and disturbing, incredibly well-written. Easily matches my personal favourite crime writer, Simenon for its combination of a gripping plot, insight into a twisted psyche and writing of a high calibre. I'm not certain why I'm doing this exploration of the classic crime genre at present (last year this time I was delving into the Gothic canon) but it's certainly brought to light several exceptionally talented writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Emdon | 2/14/2014

    " Brilliant, creepy, un put downable. A real classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 2/5/2014

    " The Killer Inside me is a chilling first person tale told by a sociopathic killer. As the killer commits each murder, the reader is privy to the killer's thoughts, reasoning, and the justification for each kill. This exploration of the inner mind of a man who kills without feeling is disturbing and fascinating in equal measure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent addition to my current noir novel obsession. Interestingly, as happens so often with me as I am such a huge movie fan, I read this novel after I saw the film. Now often, I will pick up a book after seeing a movie because I loved the film--in this case, it was IN SPITE of the film. I had always intended to read Thompson, and had not gotten around to it. I saw the film of this amazing novel and was sickened by it. I was drawn to it for it's subject matter, the good things I had heard about it and it's noir connections. I ended up sickened to the point of almost turning the film off, it's sexualized violence making me physically ill. I enjoyed Casey Affleck's performance and violence against women is a big part of the story---but it was the filmmaker's disgusting camera work and obvious enjoyment of the violence that truly put me off. I was expecting to find that this was probably a big part of this book but was relieved (and once again sickened) that most of this was the filmmaker's choice--most of what is in the film is in the book--but the way it is presented is way less graphic and lustful than Michael Winterbottom's film to an extreme degree. So it makes sure I won't be watching that freakshow's films anymore, while at the same time letting me enjoy Thompson's dark world. And it is dark--being inside the mind of a madman who is also a police officer and is very aware of his own evil. The writing is absorbing, funny at times and very twisted. Despite having seen the film, I was surprised in many parts, (the film completely messes with the timeline in this book) and impressed. I really enjoyed Thompson's loping style and dark sense of humor. In true noir fashion, the book is shaded heavily by human frailty, the relationships between men and women and the scars both physical and emotional that are left by life itself, even in a tiny West Texas town. I also have Population 1280 which I plan on reading next, and we shall see if Thompson's style holds me in thrall in that book as it did in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/2/2014

    " Chilling. Film material so not as successful as a novel for me. But definitely worth spending time on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/13/2014

    " Jim Thompson is an utterly entertaining and unsettling author. This is the first of his works that I've read, but it certainly won't be the last. Three-and-a-half stars. Now I have to find "Pop. 1280" ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/11/2014

    " not quite as dark as i'd hoped... not bad though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Coleman | 1/9/2014

    " Well, this is a genuinely perverse book. Thompson is so intent on conjuring up his phantasmagoria, he doesn't even bother to tie up the loose ends that most pulp authors live for. Which I like, weirdly enough. It keeps the book from succumbing to formula. He dips into a dark family secret at the beginning of the book, and in any other writer's hands this would culminate in a thunderous reveal, but Thompson alludes to it and then just throws it away. What a relief: I don't want a soap opera, I want a work that seems to surprise even the author himself. Thompson has as severe a case of tunnel vision as his psychopathic narrator. The whole thing is just a hopeless, mean, fatalistic mess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pixel Word | 1/6/2014

    " Pretty impressive. (Last year they made a movie as well.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 12/28/2013

    " This is a great book. Am I crazy? Because a part of me was rooting for the cold-blooded murderer. Anyway, it's a quick read, like all of Thompson's stuff and better than most of his stuff as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Connell | 12/22/2013

    " Exact same as the movie so kinda disappointing, but cant fault the book for that. Fast ass read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mathew | 12/12/2013

    " This is a disturbing book. I've never read anything quite like it. It make you hurt, and yet yearn for the protagonist's redemption. It make you uncomfortable, but it makes you think, and you can't ask for anything more from a binding and a sheaf of typed page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Veronica Davids | 9/3/2013

    " One of the VERY few books that I've ever abandoned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Rogan | 8/26/2013

    " Incredible 1950's era thriller about a sociopath; cult classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgue Anne | 7/28/2013

    " Book 62/150 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guy | 3/8/2013

    " Before Ripley, Hannibal Lechter, Anthony Perkins in Pscho, Thompson showed the mind of a psychopath "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven van Hasselt | 12/21/2012

    " Kinda liked... After American Psycho this felt a little bit flat. Then again I might be a little bit desensitised. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 12/6/2012

    " a lot like american psycho, only written 40 years before and way cooler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 10/26/2012

    " I read this in a day and a half, couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Martin | 9/12/2012

    " Extraordinarily creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Howard | 8/21/2012

    " Amazing serial killer exploitation book, really pushing the envelope for when it was written. Much better than the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert kennedy | 4/24/2012

    " great work! loved all the characters. I'm now looking to read more noir novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 2/11/2012

    " Dark, disturbing novel into the mind of a serial killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric_W | 12/7/2011

    " Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson describes the obsession of a small-town deputy sheriff. He is beloved by the community for his uncommon ability to calm violent prisoners. Told in the first-person, we soon learn of the narrator's dark past and even more foreboding future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tashie | 11/13/2011

    " Interesting. Jim Thompson seemed to be years ahead of himself. Writing about a serial killer long before they were "trendy". But parts of it are a bit slow moving. "

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About the Author
Author Jim ThompsonJim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when 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).
About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, narrator, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.