RARA-AVIS: Crumley

From: Mbdlevin@aol.com
Date: 20 Apr 2001

Neil and Mark:
<< Neil wrote:
 "James Crumley wrote these fantastic detective novels: The Wrong Case,
 Dancing Bear, The Last Good Kiss, The Mexican Tree Duck (okay, it was
 sketchy but good), and Bordersnakes. He sticks his loners in the
 American West and lets them drink infinite amounts of alcohol."
 Don't forget the drugs.
 "Weirdness all over the place. He's a national treasure."
 In my mind, The Last Good Kiss is the best post-Vietnam private eye
 novel, period. >>

Crumley also wrote a Vietnam Vietnam novel, which I haven't read: "One Count to Cadence." I think it is his first novel, hard to find (?), well-respected in the literature of Vietnam (maybe?--that's another list and something I know little about). Doug

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