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Tough, hard-boiled, and brilliantly suspenseful, The Last Good Kiss is an unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Hired to track down a derelict author, he ends up on the trail of a girl missing in Haight-Ashbury for a decade. The tense hunt becomes obsessive as Sughrue takes a haunting journey through the underbelly of America's sleaziest nightmares.

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"It is hard to tell whether it is the style or simply the milieu this novel depicts that makes it so engaging. At first sight, however, the fashionable theme of the search for the author is an anomaly in a work whose real focus of attention seems to be that slightly incredible world of seedy motels, ghostly gas stations, and forlorn truck stops of the Far West. Crumley has a real grasp of speech rhythms and manages to capture the specific geography of the modern American West. Ultimately, as his heroes Sughrue and Traherne search for the elusive Betty Sue Flowers, the novel threatens to become a successful parody of the sophisticated fiction we at first thought beyond its reach." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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"Marvelously constructed and jolting with surprises, Crumley's The Last Good Kiss should solidify his distinguished reputation." Publishers Weekly

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"James Crumley is a first-rate American writer... pyrotechnically entertaining, sexy, compassionate." Village Voice

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"Crumley's writing ranks with the best." Sacramento Bee

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"The Last Good Kiss is a powerful story powerfully told, and Crumley is one of the finest additions to the private eye genre. Crumley? brings to his books? a knowledge and understanding of the American psyche few writers in any genre have managed." Buffalo News

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"The Last Good Kiss is a novel of detection, one so rich in detail, with character and plot so well developed, that it works on many more levels than just storytelling." St. Louis Dispatch

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"What Raymond Chandler did for the Los Angeles of the Thirties, James Crumley does for the roadside West of today." Harper's

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Synopsis:

An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar.

About the Author

James Crumley (1939- ) was born in Three Rivers, Texas. He served three years in the U.S. Army before he became an English teacher. He is the author of seven novels including, One To Count Cadence, The Wrong Case, The Last Good Kiss, Dancing Bear, Bordersnakes and The Final Country.

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William Hardcastle, February 8, 2014 (view all comments by William Hardcastle)
"The Last Good Kiss" is as good as any hardboiled detective fiction ever written. Crumley's vivid detail, down-and-out characters and brief bursts of violence make his story as vivid as a Hank Williams tune. His hero, C.W. Sughrue ("Sugh" as in "sugar" and rue as in "rue the goddamned day") is everything a hardboiled detective ought to be; alcoholic, rebellious, cynical and beholden to no code of honor but his own. The mystery itself unfolds in a bizarre and complex manner, leading to a payoff that you know won't be pretty. It may take Crumley a bit too long to get there, but its a fun trip while it lasts.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394759890
Author:
Crumley, James
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Hard-boiled
Subject:
Sughrue, c. w. (fictitious character)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
19881131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.05x5.25x.54 in. .43 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Marvelously constructed and jolting with surprises, Crumley's The Last Good Kiss should solidify his distinguished reputation."
"Review" by , "James Crumley is a first-rate American writer... pyrotechnically entertaining, sexy, compassionate."
"Review" by , "Crumley's writing ranks with the best."
"Review" by , "The Last Good Kiss is a powerful story powerfully told, and Crumley is one of the finest additions to the private eye genre. Crumley? brings to his books? a knowledge and understanding of the American psyche few writers in any genre have managed."
"Review" by , "The Last Good Kiss is a novel of detection, one so rich in detail, with character and plot so well developed, that it works on many more levels than just storytelling."
"Review" by , "What Raymond Chandler did for the Los Angeles of the Thirties, James Crumley does for the roadside West of today."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar.
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