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The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue Series #1)

The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue Series #1)

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by James Crumley

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


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

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"The last good mystery." —Rolling Stone

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

"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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Random House, Incorporated
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C.W. Sughrue Series , #1

Meet the Author

James Crumley was born in Three Rivers, Texas, and spent most of his childhood in South Texas. After serving three years in the U.S. Army and completing college degrees in history (BA, Texas College of Arts and Industries) and creative writing (MFA, University of Iowa), he joined the English faculty at the University of Montana at Missoula. He was also a visiting professor at a number of other institutions around the country, including the University of Texas at El Paso, Colorado State University, Reed College, and Carnegie-Mellon. His works include a novel of Vietnam, One to Count Cadence, and seven detective novels: The Wrong CaseThe Last Good Kiss, Dancing Bear, The Mexican Tree Duck, Bordersnakes, The Final Country, and The Right Madness. He died in Missoula in 2008.

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The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book some years ago because I liked the picture of the bulldog on the cover. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. C.W. Sughrue's El Camino speeds through the West--from Montano to California, then back again--like a bat out of hell, searching for a safe harbor. He finds it, at last, 'where he hangs his hangover.' Every now and then I run into someone who has read Crumley, and we wind up reciting lines from 'Dancing Bear' and 'The Mexican Tree Duck' for hours. I once read that Rolling Stone said 'The Last Good Kiss' is the last good hard-boiled fiction, and I truly agree.
Paul_Hochman More than 1 year ago
Crumley has recently passed away, but he left behind one of the great crime novels of all time. Forget what you learned from Sherlock and Poirot and strap yourself in for a cocaine-addled lesson in life from C.W. Sughrue; a P.I. who is seldom sober but never wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are few authors so adept at making a hero seem human to the reader. Crumley is the acknowledged master. Gone are the days of dapper detectives getting all of the girls and solving the case through a series of simple deductions. Crumley drags you through the gritty, harsh realities of detecting, while simultaneously allowing his hero to have flaws and feelings...and a very unique code of ethics. This book was required reading in a Mystery Fiction class I took in college, and remains to this day the book that I compare all others to. I've read...and re-read...all of the books that I could obtain by this author, and hunger for more. It is worthy of note that another very talented author, Neal Stephenson also holds Crumley's work in high regard, as his book 'Zodiac' was written in his best Crumley style. Buy this book, read it slowly, and experience what I consider to be the best of the genre. You'll be back to buy other James Crumley novels and waiting eagerly for his next release.
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