Another hardboiled white knuckle ride from the author of The Final Country, winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award 2002
C.W. Sughrue, ex hippie, heavy drinker and recovering gunshot victim, knows better than to work for his buddy, Dr Will Mackindrick. But when someone breaks into Mac’s office and copies tapes of confidential psychoanalysis, it’s clear the doctor needs help. Besides, he’s offering a $30,000 sweetener upfront.
Sughrue’s first day on the job lives up to expectations when the wife of one of Mac’s patients comes hurtling towards him with a noose round her neck. ‘Mrs Ritter didn’t have the vaguest idea how to hang herself. Too much slack in the rope…’ But it is enough for her to die, and Sughrue’s pretty certain she won’t be the only fatality.
With six other patients, including a part-time stripper and a local anchor-woman to trail, Sughrue finds himself being dragged into a case that’s rapidly becoming the wildest white-knuckle ride of his career.
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Praise for The Final Country:
‘This is an extraordinary double-barrelled blast from a lost era. It’s a two-fisted epic of Texan treachery, packed to the gunwales with sex, drugs, booze and guns…' John Williams, Independent
‘Lyrical, liberal, exciting and humane. Sexy, too, with a generosity that transcends taste and as violent as needs be’ Literary Review
‘This complex thriller is so hardboiled it makes Ellroy and Connelly read like Simon and Garfunkel… it’s good. Very good’ Jim Driver, Time Out
'He combines the spare tautness of the best private eye novels with lyrical descriptions of an almost vanished West' Marcel Berlins, The Times
'A ripsnorting, cocaine and bourbon-fuelled ride through Texas in the company of Milo Mildragovitch' TJ Binyon, Evening StandardAbout the Author:
James Crumley was born in Three Rivers, Texas, and spent most of his childhood in South Texas. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Texas in El Paso and summers in Missoula, Montana.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7130805