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  • Published: 18 July 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784161583
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Last Good Kiss



'The last good mystery' Rolling Stone

'As sweetly profane a poet as American noir could have asked for' Ian Rankin'A friggin' masterpiece' Dennis Lehane

'The stunner that reinvigorated the genre and jacked up a generation of future crime novelists' George Pelecanos

Meet Private Detective C. W. Sughrue.

Private detectives are supposed to find missing persons and solve crimes. But more often than not Sughrue is the one committing the crimes – everything from grand theft auto to criminal stupidity. All washed down with a hearty dose of whiskey and regret.

At the end of a three-week hunt for a runaway bestselling author, Sughrue winds up in a ramshackle bar, with an alcoholic bulldog. The landlady’s daughter vanished a decade ago and now she wants Sughrue to find her. His search will take him to the deepest, darkest depths of San Francisco’s underbelly, a place as fascinating, frightening and flawed as he is. Welcome to James Crumley’s America.

  • Published: 18 July 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784161583
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

James Crumley

James Crumley was born in Three Rivers, Texas and spent most of his childhood in South Texas. He served three years in the US Army before teaching at University of Texas at El Paso, University of Montana and University of Arkansas. He passed away in 2008.

His private eye novels featuring Milo Milodragovitch and C. W. Sughrue are regarded as masterpieces of contemporary crime fiction, praised by Dennis Lehane, Ian Rankin and George Pelecanos. He was awarded the Dashiell Hammett Award for Best Literary Crime Novel and the CWA Silver Dagger Award.

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Praise for The Last Good Kiss

Crumley writes like an angel on speed

Time Out

The poet laureate of American hard-boiled literature, superior even to James Lee Burke in his ability to evoke extreme melancholy, gruesome violence and an acute sense of landscape

Guardian

Reading Crumley is like hurtling through an assault course...funny, salty and ruthless...one of the marvels of contemporary crime writing

Literary Review

Like James Ellroy, he is a master of American vernacular, turning tough-guy slang into something like poetry

Independent

James Crumley, a critically acclaimed crime novelist whose drug-infused, alcohol-soaked, profanity-laced, breathtakingly violent books swept the hard-boiled detective from the Raymond Chandler era into an amoral, utterly dissolute, apocalyptic post-Vietnam universe

New York Times

Crumley is the singular reason that a lot of today’s forty-something writers headed straight into crime fiction

Laura Lippman

Crumley is a brilliant purveyor of dialogue and a master of melancholy loneliness.

Marcel Berlins, The Times

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