Winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award, 2002. A classic from a legendary crime writer whose fans include Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly.
‘This complex thriller is so hardboiled it makes Ellroy and Connelly read like Simon and Garfunkel… it’s good. Very good’ Time Out
Settling – and calming – down is never easy. Especially not for Milo Milodragovitch. He’s set up a bar, and found a woman he thinks he may love, but he can’t leave his work as a private investigator behind entirely.
When he crosses paths with ex-con Enos Walker, and as the bullets fly, he’s launched on to a cocaine- and alcohol-fuelled quest to solve a 20-year-old mystery. It’s a journey that will take him racing across Texas, Montana and Mexico, with barely a moment for him – or you – to catch breath…
‘A brilliant achievement, with Crumley returned to his full powers, seeming to say with each assured sentence, “Yeah, I’m an old dog, but I still wag the baddest bone”’ Publishers Weekly
“This complex thriller is so hardboiled it makes Ellroy and Connelly read like Simon and Garfunkel… it’s good. Very good”
“Combines the spare tautness of the best private eye novels with lyrical descriptions of an almost vanished West”
“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…”
“Lyrical, liberal, exciting and humane. Sexy, too, with a generosity that transcends taste and as violent as needs be”