James Crumley was born in Three Rivers, Texas, and spent most of his childhood in South Texas. After serving three years in the U.S. Army and completing college degrees in history (BA, Texas College of Arts and Industries) and creative writing (MFA, University of Iowa), he joined the English faculty at the University of Montana at Missoula. He was also a visiting professor at a number of other institutions around the country, including the University of Texas at El Paso, Colorado State University, Reed College, and Carnegie-Mellon. His works include a novel of Vietnam, One to Count Cadence, and seven detective novels: The Wrong Case, The Last Good Kiss, Dancing Bear, The Mexican Tree Duck, Bordersnakes, The Final Country, and The Right Madness. He died in Missoula in 2008.
"A taut, stirring, highly original thriller." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Crumley works with fever on the brow, and the most lyrical and true English sentences I've seen lately. Dancing Bear is a wonder of compression, truth and wisdom." --Barry Hannah "Top-notch . . . an imaginative narrative sense, chaotic and even manic, but violently dramatic . . . excitingly new." --The Los Angeles Times Book Review "A clear triumph." --The Plain Dealer "Dancing Bear is a powerful novel by a writer of extraodinary power who mixes humor with blood, environmental issues with cocaine jangles and post-coital blues, the Dancing Bear Wilderness Area of Montana with peppermint schnapps and hopelessness." --The El Paso Herald Post "Extremely well-written." --The New York Times Book Review "If you like your detective fiction tough and tenacious you will love James Crumely. . . . No one does it better." --The Houston Chronicle "James Crumley is a first-rate American writer.... pyrotechnically entertaining, sexy, compassionate." --The Village Voice