The Mexican Tree Duck (C.W. Sughrue Series #2)

The Mexican Tree Duck (C.W. Sughrue Series #2)

by James Crumley
     
 

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Ex-private eye C.W. Sughrue has been depressed, jobless and living in the basement of a morgue, but now a job has come up. He sets off on an odyssey of liquor, sex and gunplay to find a missing woman who has eluded the FBI and cocaine dealers.

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Ex-private eye C.W. Sughrue has been depressed, jobless and living in the basement of a morgue, but now a job has come up. He sets off on an odyssey of liquor, sex and gunplay to find a missing woman who has eluded the FBI and cocaine dealers.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
A fantastic road trip...wild, wicked, sweet, painful, courageous, outrageous, and obscene.
Washington Post Book World
Crumley still writes the most amazing things.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While the often furious action of Crumley's latest mystery takes place in the West, from Montana to the Tex-Mex border, the novel's heart beats in wartime Vietnam. There private eye C. W. Sughrue (first met in The Last Good Kiss ) and most of Crumley's memorable cast spent their formative years, learning about arms, reconnaissance and dope, and forging the relationships that hold them together or, in this tale that turns on betrayals, tear them apart as effectively as an AK-47. In Meriwether, Mont., Sughrue is hired to conduct a private search for Sarita Cisneros Pines, the missing Mexican wife of a slick Texas politician. Sughrue quickly runs up against the FBI, opposing bands of Mexican outlaws and some smooth American bad guys. As the bodies fall in increasing numbers, Sughrue falls, too--into bed with various women and in love with one or two; he enlists the help of other vets, including an ex-intelligence officer who is now a lawyer famous for defending drug lords. Sustained by booze and cocaine, driven by loyalty and revenge, Sughrue and his company gradually unravel the threads of sex, drugs, oil-interests and politics that lead to a final paramilitary campaign with a high body count. The occasional melodramatic note doesn't trip up the juggernaut action or knock Crumley's hard-guy prose off key. 50,000 first printing; author tour. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446677912
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Series:
C. W. Sughrue Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
800,348
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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