James Crumley





James Crumley

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born
in Missoula, Montana, The United States
October 12, 1939

died
September 17, 2008

gender
male

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About this author

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the author of violent hardboiled crime novels and several volumes of short stories and essays, as well as published and unpublished screenplays.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."

Crumley, who was born in Three Rivers, Texas, grew up in south Texas, where his father was an oil-field supervisor and his mother was a waitress.

Crumley was a grade-A student and a football player, an offensive lineman, in high school. He attended the Georgia Institute of Te...more


Average rating: 3.98 · 6,537 ratings · 558 reviews · 33 distinct works · Similar authors
The Last Good Kiss
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Dancing Bear
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 427 ratings — published 1983 — 11 editions
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The Mexican Tree Duck
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 393 ratings — published 1993 — 13 editions
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Bordersnakes
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 279 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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The Right Madness
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The Final Country
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“Son, never trust a man who doesn’t drink because he’s probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They’re the judges, the meddlers. And, son, never trust a man who drinks but refuses to get drunk. They’re usually afraid of something deep down inside, either that they’re a coward or a fool or mean and violent. You can’t trust a man who’s afraid of himself. But sometimes, son, you can trust a man who occasionally kneels before a toilet. The chances are that he is learning something about humility and his natural human foolishness, about how to survive himself. It’s damned hard for a man to take himself too seriously when he’s heaving his guts into a dirty toilet bowl.”
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“When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.”
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“Lady bartenders live a tougher life than anybody knows. -- Dancing Bear”
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