A city of 1280 inhabitants, all double-faced: husbands who cheat on their wives (and vice versa), outstanding citizens who barely hid their hate towards black people, citizens with unmentionable secrets. The one who is more ambiguous is the sheriff, Nick Corey, believed to be a stupid bum: he is the latter and he’s willing to keep on doing nothing, however he is not stupid at all, in fact he is the best deceiver in town.
In the novel Nick has to face various problems, a mean wife and a couple of lovers, but he will be able to set things right thanks to his fortuitous enlightens.
Nick is not a hero (despite his moral more solid than the other’s), but he defends only himself and his privileges.
The novel is really good, some characters are quite extreme, others can be found nowadays (being duplicity typically human), Nick’s characterization is wonderful and the reader discovers slowly how the sheriff really is.
* Pop 1280 by Jim Thompson ★★★★☆
*I read this book in Italian