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James Crumley

USA flag (1939 - 2008)

James Arthur Crumley was the author of violent hardboiled crime novels and several volumes of short stories and essays, as well as published and unpublished screenplays. He has been described as "one of modern crime writing's best practitioners", who was "a patron saint of the post-Vietnam private eye novel" and a cross between Raymond Chandler and Hunter S. Thompson. His book The Last Good Kiss has been described as "the most influential crime novel of the last 50 years."

Genres: Mystery
C W Sughrue
   1. The Last Good Kiss (1979)
   The Mexican Tree Duck (1993)
   Bordersnakes (1996)
   The Right Madness (2005)
   One to Count Cadence (1969)
   Pigeon Shoot (1987)
   Whores (1989)
   Muddy Fork and Other Things (1991)
   The Putt at the End of the World (2000) (with others)
Omnibus editions
   The Collection (1991)
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : The Final Country

James Crumley recommends
Walla Walla Suite (2007)
(Quinn , book 2)
Anne Argula
"A wonderful novel - smart, funny, and remarkably humane."
Lone Creek (2007)
(Hugh Davoren, book 1)
Neil McMahon
"Lone Creek is a lovely novel, smart and exciting, set in a landscape that throbs with beauty. I loved it."
The Dark Streets (2006)
(Jack Liffey, book 9)
John Shannon
"The landscape of Los Angeles, both actually and metaphorically, has been deconstructed by writers from Chandler to Didion, but never quite as artfully as John Shannon does it."
The Guards (2001)
(Jack Taylor, book 1)
Ken Bruen
"The Guards is an astounding novel, a poetic account of a desperation as deep as the North sea, retribution and resurrection. It's so good I can't think of it as a crime novel. Its a fine book with some crime."
Red Baker (1985)
Robert Ward
"A truly awesome achievement, a paean of power and intensity directed toward a too often forgotten group, those American refugees so cruelly displaced by the raw greed and economic convulsions in the heavy steel industry. Red Baker is a remarkable novel."
The Blind Pig (1978)
(Detective Sergeant Mulheisen, book 2)
Jon A Jackson
"Jon Jackson's THE BLIND PIG is without a doubt one of the finest detective novels ever written - smart, funny and completely convincing. I've re-read the novel a dozen times and it's always a great read. It's one of my favorites."

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