'Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross MacDonald have been looking for a successor. Now they have him' Boston Phoenix
A classic from a legend of American crime writing. ‘Crumley writes like an angel on speed’ Time Out.
Milo Milodragovitch isn’t exactly an upstanding citizen. He’s more than likely to be drunk, and leaves heartbreak in his wake; five ex-wives to be precise. In fact, ‘his forte is self-destruction’ (Elmore Leonard).
When an elderly lady offers him a handsome fee to satisfy her curiosity he thinks it’s an easy job, a quick win. Every Thursday she watches a couple arrive at the same spot at the woods opposite her house, in separate cars. But finding out who they are and what they’re doing is far from straightforward and before he knows it Milo is in a world of trouble, complete with machine guns, grenades, and a bag of coke. Never a dull day...
“The first-person style, the author's sound, is bigger than life, satirical, and it lets Crumley get away with murder'”
Elmore Leonard, Washington Post
“Completely unnerving...intelligent, despairing, moving”
New York Times Book Review