RARA-AVIS: Re: How much background

From: Doug Hoffman, MD ( hoffmand@cc.northcoast.com)
Date: 14 May 2003

From CW:

Take Jim Thompson as a random example (somehow my random examples are always Jim Thompson). Wouldn't it be useful if we had some inkling as to why there is a killer inside Lou Ford? It's probably true that JT indulged a little too much in pop psychology and tracing adult depravity to incestuous/abusive childhoods, but IMHO they added flavour to his novels (and flavour to the novelist's image).

This is what I loved about _Killer Inside Me_: Lou Ford's endless rationalizations as to why he is what he is. I took it as Ford's, not Thompson's, psychological BS... and I thought this added a great twist to Ford's downfall-- his unwillingness to accept responsibility. This seemed very true to me.

Doug Hoffman

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