Read by John McLain
December 25, 2011 / ASIN: B006PXZG3M
Mystery/Noir / Audiobook (Unabridged) / Audio CD (MP3) / 6 hours,
by Jo Rogers
Sheriff Nick Corey, who passed for law enforcement
in Potts County, seemed to be your typical country bumpkin on the
surface. But he was far from typical. He knew how to be friendly,
spouted platitudes with the best of them and turned a blind eye
to all the criminal activity the people of Potts County didn’t
want seen. In a word, he was corrupt, very, very corrupt.
The local house of prostitution flourished under
Corey’s “watchful” eye. He was even an occasional
customer, the better to keep a close watch on things. Mostly, Corey
slept with Rose, a woman oppressed by her husband. There was his
wife, Myra, of course, but that relationship was in a perpetual
state of war. They had slept in separate rooms for years. The biggest
Problem was her mentally handicapped brother, Lenny, who annoyed
everyone with his window peeping. But Nick Corey knew how to fix
problems. And more than Myra and Lenny needed “fixing.”
The election was coming up
This is one of Jim Thompson’s best stories,
yet it is one of his darkest. Since Thompson’s father had
been a sheriff, the reader wonders if the father was like Nick Corey
or his opposite. The chief detractor is the language. Even by today’s
standards it’s a bit much. By the standards of 1965, when
the book was first published, it’s really rank. The sex and
violence are very tame by some of today’s stuff, but is still
a bit more than I like.
The plot, however, is beautifully done. His characters
are perfect. Sadly, I’ve known people just like all of these.
The level of corruption isn’t exaggerated, either. Give POP
1280 a listen and go on a dark journey.
Reviewer's Notes: Contains sex, violence,