Friday, February 13, 2009

Book review

The Last Good Kiss The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
C.W. Sughrue is a smalltime private investigator and bartender. When he gets a case that requires him to track down a wayward writer who is off on a drunken binge, he thinks little of it. But this case leads to another related one, a missing persons case that stretches Sughrue to his limits and beyond. While this was ostensibly a detective story, in reality it was much more a "dark night of the soul" type novel by the likes of Charles Bukowski with characters out of a Tom Waits album. Alcohol plays a major part in this story, all of the characters have drinking problems, even the bulldog. The book can be a tough go at times because all of the characters are so selfish and rotten, they are altogether too human. To Crumley's credit, he really understands humans and all of their follies. What holds it all together and makes it a recommendable read is the rich vein of dark humor that runs throughout the entire novel, it's just so funny at times that you can't give up on it.

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