by Jim Thompson
Nice title, because Thompson’s killer, a “good ol’ boy” deputy sheriff, certainly gets inside the reader – or the reader gets inside him — whether we like it or not. We go along for the ride as soft-spoken Lou Ford goes on a psychopathic binge in his West Texas town, providing first-person narration as he revenge-kills and then kills again in an attempt to cover his tracks. Ford is one repellant dude, but this Barney Fife from hell is also fascinating.
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