|Pop. 1280 (1964) [Novel]|
by Jim Thompson
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Sheriff Nick Corey, by all appearances a pathetic buffoon, just goes along to get along, because deep down that’s what the townspeople want. His shrew of a wife, who seems just a little too close to her half-witted alleged brother, hectors him non-stop. When the local pimps and the neighboring sheriff humiliate him, he launches into a killing spree, getting even with everyone who ever wronged him by either wasting them, tricking them into doing the dirty work themselves or setting them up to take the fall. He’s also juggling two other women, his wife's married best friend and his former fiancée. As the bodies pile up, his mission of vengeance begins to take on a Biblical zeal. Widely regarded as one of Jim Thompson’s best novels.
Original title: Pop. 1280
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Noir
- Filmed as “Coup de Torchon” (1981), directed by Bernard Tavernier.