Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson

By Jim Thompson

As excessive sheriff of Potts COunty, Nick Corey spends such a lot of his time consuming, napping and averting hassle. If simply people--especially a few challenging pimps, his foul-tempered spouse, and his half-witted brother-in-law--would cease pushing him round. simply because while Nick is driven, he starts to kill . . . or to make others do his killing for him!

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By Jim Thompson

As excessive sheriff of Potts COunty, Nick Corey spends such a lot of his time consuming, napping and averting hassle. If simply people--especially a few challenging pimps, his foul-tempered spouse, and his half-witted brother-in-law--would cease pushing him round. simply because while Nick is driven, he starts to kill . . . or to make others do his killing for him!

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Well," I said. "I ain't sure I can agree with you, Myra. I mean, I ain't saying you're wrong but I ain't saying you're right, either. Anyways, even if I am stupid, you can't hardly fault me for it. " "You're not only stupid but you're spineless," she said. " "Well, looky," I said. " "Listen to him! " she said. "As if he didn't know why! " Well, that made me kind of sore, you know. She was always saying I'd raped her, and it always made me kind of sore. I couldn't really argue about her saying!

The two pimps were there, right where I thought they'd be. They were sitting down with their backs to the mooring posts, a dimmed lantern and a jug of whiskey between them. They looked at me owl-eyed as I came in out of the darkness, and then the one named Curly, a kind of dude-ish fella with kinky scalp-tight hair, shook a finger at me. "Now, Nick, you know you're not supposed to come over here but once a week. " "That's right," said the one named Moose. "Fact is, we're bein' mighty generous to let you come here at all.

Or I guess you don't know either. Because you don't know Myra, which makes you about as lucky as a person can get. Anyways, she turned over on her back all of a sudden, and opened her eyes. " I told her I was getting ready to take a trip over to the county where Ken Lacey was sheriff. I'd probably be gone until late that night,! said, and we'd probably get real lonesome for each other, so maybe we ought to get together first. " she said, almost spitting the word at me. " "Well," I said. "I kind of thought maybe you might.

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