Now available in an illustrated hardcover with a new introduction by noir historian Bill Crider. Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he’s a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don’t know about the sickness, the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again. Widely considered to be Jim Thompson’s masterpiece, this edition features color and black & white artwork, reproductions of old paperback covers and film posters, and is signed by Bill Crider, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake. Bound in full black cloth and a gorgeous dustjacket.