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Book Club kit : The last good kiss
Edition:
1st Vintage contemporaries ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 1988.
ISBN:
9780394759890
Physical Description:
10 bks. (244 p.) ; 21 cm. + 1 discussion guide
Series:
Vintage contemporaries
Language:
English
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Book Club Kit BOOK CLUB 1 .CIRCNOTE. *****10 BOOKS, 1 DISCUSSION GUIDE*****
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One of the most influential crime novels ever written, by a legend of the genre.

Tough, hard-boiled, and brilliantly suspenseful, The Last Good Kiss is an unforgettable detective story starring C. W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Hired to track down a derelict author, he ends up on the trail of a girl missing in Haight-Ashbury for a decade. The tense hunt becomes obsessive as Sughrue takes a haunting journey through the underbelly of America's sleaziest nightmares.


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Kirkus Review

This is talented James Crumley's least impressive work yet, exhibiting his established knack for Ross-Macdonald-ish bite and dour toughness but lumbered with an off-the-wail plot, sluggish pacing, and an unconscionably smug narrator-sleuth: hard-drinking Sughrue, whose combination of college-educated irony and country-boy brutality is sensationally unattractive. Hired to bring home poet-drunk-rover A. Trahearne, Sughrue ends up in a California bar, where the barmaid persuades him to look for her long-missing daughter Betty Sue. Noble Sughrue does so and learns that Betty Sue (onetime porno actress and hooker) is dead; then a postcard arrives from Betty Sue herself. The explanation--which links Betty Sue to red-herring Trahearne and leads to a last-minute murder--will have most readers roiling their eyeballs; but by the time it surfaces, as with some Macdonald denouements, you may have been won over by the arid, boozy locales (all over the Western and Mountain time zones), the curled-lip repartee, and the overall moodiness. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.