A Case of Lone Star by Kinky Friedman pits the fast-talking, cigar-smoking, cat-loving sleuth against the murderer killing his way through the country music stars stopping to play at the famous Lone Star Cafe.
Kinky Friedman - commonly known to his many fans as 'The Kinkster' - first found fame as the lead singer of the country-and-western band 'The Texas Jewboys'. He is also the author of a series of highly acclaimed detective stories, featuring himself as the wise-cracking, cigar-smoking, cat-loving sleuth. He populates his novels with many of his friends and associates, portraying them (to their great delight) as villains, cheats and con-men. In the words of the great Willie Nelson, he is the 'best whodunnit writer to come along since Dashiel Whats-his-name'. Kinky Friedman lives in a trailer in the South Texas Hills with two dogs, two cats and Dilly, his pet armadillo.
Semiretired country music star, amateur sleuth Kinky Friedman is the star of his own show in this follow-up to Greenwich Killing Time. The Lone Star Cafe, on the edge of Greenwich Village, is East Coast mecca for country-and-western musicians and fans. Although business improves after three well-known stars are killed, management experiences some difficulty booking new acts. Asked by both the owner and club manager to step in, Kinky focuses on a letter containing Hank Williams lyrics, which each victim received before his final appearance. Hard-drinking, cigar-smoking Kinky comes up with a list of suspects, including a cocaine-dealing lawyer, the author of a just-published Williams' biography and a luscious blond photographer from England. But to get his man in the end, Kinky must carefully examine Hank Williams's last sad tour and then get back on stage himself. Though a little thin on plot, with a photographic red herring that won't fool those who know what numbers look like printed backwards, the second Kinky Friedman mystery offers insider dope on country music and the Lone Star and is filled with rough-edged, somehow agreeable Village atmosphere. (August 26)