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A novel featuring the foul-mouthed Kinky Friedman, ace private eye. When mysteriously summoned to a friend's funeral, he can't help noticing that the body in the coffin is a perfect stranger. The story was first published in the 1989 anthology, More Kinky Friedman.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 110 x 174 x 18mm | 117.94g
  • FABER & FABER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Vandam Press ed
  • 0571196403
  • 9780571196401
  • 239,024

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Friedman, country-music-singer-turned-detective-hero of Greenwich Killing Time, A Case for Lone Star, and When the Cat's Away, takes on neo-Nazis - in another tale whose breezy stream of ethnic slurs and in-jokes will confirm the lowest prejudices of Gotham-bashers everywhere. Called to the funeral of his old Peace Corps friend John Morgan in Cleveland, sharp-eyed Kinky observes that the stiff isn't Morgan at all, a fact nobody else seems to notice. What happened to the John Morgan that Kinky knew in the jungles of Borneo? His disappearance from Argentina sends his friend Carmen Cohen, a hot Latin whose nipples are "harder than Japanese arithmetic," to find Kinky in New York, but Carmen is kidnapped from the Pierre Hotel by a pair of large blond boys. Even after recovering Carmen and finding the blond boys decapitated in a Bayonne warehouse, Kinky, together with his friends McGovern the reporter and Ratso the National Lampoon editor, takes a hundred pages to connect her abductors to Morgan; demonic old Nazi Wilhelm Stengal; Carmen's missing father; and the five skinheads who attack the Kinkster - all of them spoiling his reveries of "the golden days of innocence and truth when Mike would vomit on the head of the woman at the next table and I would threaten to stick my fork in the waitress's eye." The writing outparodies S.J. Perelman at his wildest except when Friedman slips up - "Could this increasingly grotesque puzzle reach back almost fifty years in time and across the length and breadth of three continents?" - and takes his plot seriously. A concluding note credits the title to the author's five-year-old niece. She may have had a hand in the plotting and writing as well. (Kirkus Reviews)

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About Kinky Friedman

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.

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