Roadkill

Roadkill

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by Kinky Friedman
     
 

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Finding himself "between cases", Kinky agrees to join his old country music pal, Willie Nelson, on tour for some much needed R&R. But there is no relaxation for Kinky following the hit-and-run killing of an Indian medicine man. Death threats, shots fired into Willie's room, an ancient Indian evil spirit and the disappearance of Willie Nelson are just the beginning.

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Finding himself "between cases", Kinky agrees to join his old country music pal, Willie Nelson, on tour for some much needed R&R. But there is no relaxation for Kinky following the hit-and-run killing of an Indian medicine man. Death threats, shots fired into Willie's room, an ancient Indian evil spirit and the disappearance of Willie Nelson are just the beginning.

Roadkill, a New York Times Best Seller, is "one of the most unique mysteries of the past few decades", "full of twists and turns and Friedman's particular brand of skewed humor" (USA Today), written by "the best whodunit writer to come along since Dashiell What's-His-Name." (Willie Nelson).

Vandam Press is proud to be able to make this remarkable novel available to Kinky’s old friends and to those readers worldwide who are discovering Kinky Friedman for the first time.

"Rollicking...any reader who fails to have fun probably has 'a brain the size of a small Welsh mining town' ... The world's funniest, bawdiest and most politically incorrect music singer turned mystery writer." (New York Times Book Review)

"The tenth mystery, starring Kinky as Kinky, is his best in years...". (Bookist)

"I loved Roadkill. Had to read it to make sure it wasn't a biography of me." (former President Bill Clinton)

"Kinky's the best whodunit writer to come along since Dashiell What's-His-Name." (Willie Nelson)

"A true Texas legend."(President George W. Bush)

"With Roadkill, Friedman cinches his credentials as a great Southern storyteller. he combines the deductive moxie of a Chandler or a Hammett with the boisterous irreverence of a stream-of-consciousness raconteur, and the blend is a pungent delight." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

"Author Richard Friedman was given the nickname Kinky for his curly 'Jewish natural' hairdo, not for his sexual proclivities. But it might just as well been for his writing style, which is full of twists and turns and Friedman's particular brand of skewed humor. All of which are displayed in his latest mystery novel, Roadkill." (USA Today)

"As funny, sad and blasphemous as ever...another peerless cosmic paranoid fantasy." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Smart, funny and tough." (Robert B. Parker, author)

"The Sam Spade of South Texas. Only soft boiled. And hipper. And funnier." (Sunday Mail)

About "Roadkill", from the Author's Introduction: "...Roadkill stands, for all its virtues and all its faults, as a fairly accurate spiritual time capsule of Willie Nelson on the road. It is one of only two books that I’ve written that made the New York Times Best Sellers lists. This is a feat that even Joseph Heller never accomplished with Catch-22. Though Catch-22 sold millions of copies over many years and became a touchstone phrase in virtually every culture on the globe, it never made the list. This, needless to say, is indicative of a lousy system. I think that a major part of what drives Willie’s life is a Herculean effort to beat the system. Some day, of course, every one of us will do it. ...".

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
As funny, sad and blasphemous as ever...another peerless cosmic paranoid fantasy.
New york Times Book Review
"Rollicking...any reader who fails to have fun probably has 'a brain the size of a small Welsh mining town' ... The world's funniest, bawdiest and most politically incorrect music singer turned mystery writer.
Sunday Mail
The Sam Spade of South Texas. Only soft boiled. And hipper. And funnier.
USA Today
Author Richard Friedman was given the nickname Kinky for his curly 'Jewish natural' hairdo, not for his sexual proclivities. But it might just as well been for his writing style, which is full of twists and turns and Friedman's particular brand of skewed humor. All of which are displayed in his latest mystery novel, Roadkill.
Willie Nelson
Kinky's the best whodunit writer to come along since Dashiell What's-His-Name.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012422026
Publisher:
Vandam Press Inc.
Publication date:
04/09/2011
Series:
Masters of Crime , #10
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
496,518
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Kinky Friedman, former leader of the band The Texas Jewboys, lives on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country with six dogs, two cats and one armadillo. He is the author of twenty-one and a half internationally acclaimed mystery novels and nine country music albums. These days, he travels the world, singing the songs that made him infamous and reading from the books that made him respectable.

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Roadkill 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Fun.
DETERMINED-D More than 1 year ago
This writer, by far, is one of the funniest that I have read in a very long time. Mr. Friedman has a very sharp wit, a caustic sense of humor and loves a good play on words."Road Kill" was a fantastic, fast-paced, lighthearted mystery with plenty of humor thrown in for good measure. The story takes place in New York, as well as Texas and, later, in Hawaii. Mr. Friedman, writing about himself as a P.I., looks at himself in the mirror one day, seeing a Gypsy staring back at him. The gypsy strongly suggests that he go on a trip with a friend to get out of New York City. That is just what he does. Oddly enough, he gets a call from his old pal, Willie Nelson, who asks him to come on the road with him for a while.Kinky leaves his cat with the two lesbian dancers upstairs. And away he goes... once on the road, in Willie's bus, the story unfolds and the plot thickens; only then do we find out why kinky is there, obviously to help solve a real mystery , perhaps, save Willie's life. I won't ruin the story for you, but I will say, that if you pick up this book and read it, you will not be disappointed. If you need a good laugh, read it today. Mr. Friedman writes in a style similar to Paul Levine, another fantastically funny, lighthearted, fast-paced mystery writer. Perhaps, one day, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Levine will consider a collaboration. So pick up this book, settle back, and get ready for a good laugh. Treat yourself today...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 1st ride on the Friedman bandwagon. I hope the next ride is just as good. Loads of laughs and tongue in cheek humor. Still looking for a puppet head for my refrigerator. (Too bad we live in such a screwed up world, the system wouldn't let me use Friedman's first name in this review)