The Killer Inside Me

  • by Jim Thompson
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas, loves Lou Ford. A deputy sheriff, Lou's known to the small-time criminals, the real-estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers - the low-lifes, the big-timers, and everyone in-between - as the nicest guy around. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he's the kind of officer you're happy to have keeping your streets safe. The sort of man you might even wish your daughter would end up with someday.
But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have ever seen. An urge that has already claimed multiple lives, and cost Lou his brother Mike, a self-sacrificing construction worker who fell to his death on the job in what was anything but an accident. It's a murder that Lou is determined to avenge - and if innocent people have to die in the process, well, that's perfectly all right with him.
In The Killer Inside Me, Thompson goes where few novelists have dared to go, giving us a pitch-black glimpse into the mind of the American Serial Killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Much better than those ratings indicate.

This is typical Thompson. That is to say: it's dark, it has tempting babes, it has a straight forward plot that flips every time the listener gets comfortable. There has been discussion of the ending, but remember: this is about a crazy person!
The narration is suited to the story, his voices are perfect for the characters, and the pace is noir creepy. This is a fun listening experience.
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- Ron

5 Stars

What made the experience of listening to The Killer Inside Me the most enjoyable?

The way the characters are so completely different and vivid. As if each were product of the imagination of a different author.


What other book might you compare The Killer Inside Me to and why?

None to date


Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

Howard Hendricks the lawyer


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

jail cel interview between Hendricks and Ford


Any additional comments?

Great story, great characters, great narration.

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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio