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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Kevin T. Collin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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