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By (author) Kinky Friedman

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 174mm x 18mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 16 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571196403
  • ISBN 13: 9780571196401
  • Edition statement: Vandam Press ed
  • Sales rank: 301,500

Product description

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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Author information

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.

Editorial reviews

Kinky Friedman, ex-country singer turned amateur detective and eponymous hero of his own stories, attends the funeral of a friend he has not seen since they were both in the Peace Corps in Borneo. The body in the open casket is not that of Tom Baker: whose is it? And where is 'the Bakerman'? Friedman, armed with a cat and a cast of Manhattan misfits, sets out to find the truth and finds himself embroiled instead in a welter of confusion. Snappy chapters build to a succession of frequently amusing, occasionally laugh-out-loud one-liners. Friedman belts out a plot littered with clues and red herrings; the action sometimes takes a back seat to the jokes but the set pieces are very funny and, coupled with some surprisingly trenchant observations on the nature of friendship and memory, they make for an enjoyable read. The characters are well drawn and lively and the atmosphere of a Greenwich Village Manhattan fills the pages on which they move. Friedman's jaundiced eye surveys the world like a Sam Spade had his poison been cocaine and not whisky; strong language and references to drug use pepper the text - in the world Friedman has created they add a piquancy rather than a sour taste. The conclusion of the mystery, in true Sherlockian style, is obvious once you know the answer: the conclusion of the novel, with its startling tenderness and poetry, is something else again and raises Frequent Flyer above the standard for previous Friedman novels. For the rest, laughter carries the day; but ultimately, this is not so much a novel as a song written to the memory of a dead friend. (Kirkus UK)