Musical Chairs (Kinky Friedman Series #5)

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Musical Chairs

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Who would want to kill the former Texas Jewboys? Apparently, any number of people. And that's what Kinky Friedman ( Frequent Flyer ), retired musician-turned-private eye, has to figure out. To protect his fellow ex-band members, three of whom have died mysteriously, Kinky brings the survivors of the group, which broke up 13 years ago, to New York City for a reunion tour. Kinky goes about solving the case in his typical manner--imbibing copious amounts of espresso and liquor and enjoying many cigars, while repeating the facts of the case over and over until they gel. Kinky fans will appreciate his style; others may be put off by the nonstop references to Texas Jewboy (and music) trivia, sexual (and sexist) cracks and snippets from past cases. In the end, of course, with a little help from his friends, Kinky solves the crime, with a nice twist. Author tour. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Kinky's latest Greenwich Village adventure begins with an unexpected visit (after 13 years) from, and the subsequent murder of Texas Jewboys' band cohort Tequila. Kinky shortly realizes that two more former band members have died in the past two weeks, so he ponders life, converses with his cat, garners clues from his dreams, enlists the help of journalist McGovern, and sets up a reunion of the band in order to trap the murderer. His love life, meanwhile, or lack thereof, centers on the lesbian upstairs and on a dancer whose boyfriend wishes her harm. Amidst his usual cigar smoke and scotch fumes, Kinky spouts cynical wit, stray lines of ``musical'' dialog, and quasi-historical tidbits. Offbeat subject matter and characters, told with some verve.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970238344
  • Publisher: Vandam Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Kinky Friedman Series , #5
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,439,571
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kinky  Friedman
Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman is a former country music star, Texas Monthly columnist, and author of a successful mystery series.  He is running for Governor of Texas in November ’06.  He wants to take things back to a time when the cowboys all sang and their horses were smart.

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