Author(s): Jim Thompson
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.
'My favourite crime novelist - often imitated but never duplicated - is Jim Thompson' Stephen King. 'Thompson's writing is dense, lurid, idiomatic, musical in its speech rhythms...alternatively plaintive and obscene...raucous and bitterly funny' Village Voice. 'A blisteringly imaginative crime novelist ... violent, amoral, terse and fast-moving ... a classic American novelist' Kirkus Reviews. 'If Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Cornell Woolrich could have joined together in some ungodly union and produced a literary offspring, Jim Thompson would be it' Washington Post. 'A master of the noir crime novel. His vision of small town America ... is uniquely compelling' Waterstone's Guide to Crime Fiction. 'The toughest crime novels ever' Newsweek. Pop. 1280 was an acclaimed French film under the title Coup de Torchon. Published alongside THE GRIFTERS, THE KILLER INSIDE ME and THE GETAWAY - all in a brand new cover style.
Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. After an itinerant childhood during which his sheriff father was driven from office for embezzlement; and as a roughneck in the Texan oil fields of the 1920s, Thompson became successful as a writer with the pulp fiction houses of the 1950s, writing a dozen of his more enduring novels in just 19 months. He also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory).