The new unputdownable thriller from the author of The Final Country, winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award 2002. / Crumley is a fantastic writer -- respected by critics, admired by fellow writers -- and adds a huge amount of kudos to the crime list. / American hardboiled crime fiction has a significant profile in the UK market, and James Crumley is an acknowledged master of the genre. / The Final Country won the CWA Silver Dagger / Review coverage guaranteed. / Competition: James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen
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 English as a visiting writer at the University of Texas at El Paso.
At the start of Crumley's brilliant new hard-boiled detective novel, Montana PI C.W. Sughrue (introduced in the author's 1978 crime classic, The Last Good Kiss) is relaxing in a hot tub with his old buddy, psychiatrist William MacKinderick. Their team has just won the state championship in the over 50 softball league. Sughrue, whose body bears "more scars than a practice corpse," has even quit smoking. But when MacKinderick hires him to shadow some of his patients to see who may have taken personal files from his office, his old wild urges come roaring back. "I wanted another cigarette. So badly I couldn't remember why I had quit." Cigarettes, whiskey and cocaine all return to Sughrue's menu as one patient after another dies a gruesome death, and the reasons for the murders becomes less and less apparent. Soon Sughrue can threaten a bad guy with the warning, "I've got a hangover that would kill a normal man." Crumley shows his usual deft touch with poetic language (a shady lawyer boasts "a smile as innocent as the first martini") and humor ("I'm a private investigator, sir; I leave the blackmail to the lawyers"). The themes of nightmarish madness, betrayal and survival will glue readers to the page. Crumley remains one of the finest writers in the Raymond Chandler tradition. Agent, Owen Laster at William Morris. 4-city author tour. (May 9) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Praise for The Right Madness: 'The Poet Laureate of American hard-boiled literature, superior even to James Lee Burke. No-one writes likes Crumley!a dark and memorable quest for salvation against a background of unremitting violence. Deeply compelling.' Guardian 'Reading Crumely is like hurtling through an assault course. A rare and exhilarating stylist... he is funny, salty and ruthless. One of the marvels of contemporary crime writing. Nobody does it better. It's unlikely that anyone would dare to try.' Literary Review 'The old boy done good as usual. Long may he live!' Independent on Sunday Praise for The Final Country: '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.' Independent 'Lyrical, liberal, exciting and humane. Sexy, too, with a generosity that transcends taste and as violent as needs be.' Literary Review 'This complex thriller is so hardboiled it makes Ellroy and Connelly read like Simon and Garfunkel!it's good. Very good' Time Out