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Greenwich Killing Time (Kinky Friedman #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  771 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
With a new introduction by the author, Greenwich Killing Time is now available for the first time in more than a decade.

This is the first of Kinky Friedman's mystery novels. To quote the author: "Greenwich Killing Time was the first book I ever wrote. I wrote it in 1984 and it was published in 1986. I was doing a lot of Peruvian marching powder at the time so I don't remem
Paperback, 166 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Vandam Press, Inc. (first published 1986)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
All of the TV PI show tropes in one volume, plus a few of his own. KF is an ex-stoner, ex-singer turned Broadway show composer (so he says) and private eye...who isn't being paid by anyone, at least not in this first book. Like all TV shamuses, he fuels his body on tobacco smoke and alcohol, and yet is able to keep going for days. I read his third book before this one, but one of Friedman's personal tropes seems to be that a friend will insist on moving into his loft until the case is closed and ...more
Jul 02, 2016 Rage rated it liked it
one thing I had to keep in mind while I was reading this is that it is a product of the 80s. I really can't imagine how the way that Kinky Friedman (the narrator and the author) talks about his predominantly gay community would have sounded to someone in the 80s: surprisingly accepting? ignorant? thinking about this while I was reading did take away from whether the book was entirely fun to read. no one is written respectfully or with any sense of gravitas; the whole thing is clearly tongue-in-c ...more
Doug Warren
Feb 17, 2016 Doug Warren rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot. Kinky does something in his books that I find really awesome. He takes himself, and then makes himself the main character of a the novel, but completely fictionalized. Which honestly I think is what most people do, they just change the character's name, which takes away the awesomeness. Instead of saying "I like detectives I will write a story about one name 'blah, blah, blah," it is like he said,"I would make an awesome detective, and this is what I'd do." The only othe ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Kathy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: sad old dinosaurs
Shelves: yanks, read-in-2016
Lame. Badly plotted. Unfunny.

But before you go any further, dear reader, I had better warn you of this SPOILER ALERT....

Trying to be the Raymond Chandler of the late twentieth century is a dangerous game to play, but I really don't think that Kinky Friedman (the writer) is clever enough to realise this. First of all, misogyny and homophobia just aren't funny any more. Then, of course, smoking and drinking aren't cool any more. So the narrator of this story comes across as a sad old dinosaur who
It is full of slightly amusing one-liners. They make the story a little funny, but they also get in the way of the book being interesting. The story is a little lifeless and sad, and the one-liners don't revive it.
Kinky is an amateur sleuth, although like most fictional amateur sleuths he is better than the cops at solving the crimes. In this case one of his friends calls because there is a dead neighbor and it looks like a crime scene, the main suspect is Kinky's friend. And off it goes.
One t
May 14, 2010 Marsha rated it liked it
This is Kinky Friedman's first novel. I hadn't read any of his books before, so I thought that I would start off with this one. Published in 1986, this novel stands its time. The only main difference is that there are no cell phones or Internet, so our hero is using pay phones and paper copies of the newspaper to do research. It had sort of a pulp fiction flavor to it. See a few of the many examples from the book below:

"I wasn't sure who the game was or what the game was. All I knew was I was go
May 02, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Greenwich Killing Time was Kinky Friedman’s first detective novel. It introduces a cast of characters who will reappear in later books. The usual disclaimer about “all resemblance to persons living or dead” doesn’t apply as his cast includes a number of his friends. Many of his locations are also real, although 199B Vandam Street is as fictitious as 221B Baker Street was when occupied by Sherlock Holmes.

Kinky claims approval for his novels from two past US Presidents, from different sides of the
Nico Lee
All of Kinky Friedman's books are fun. All of Kinky Friedman's books are fun. All of... Look I'm being no more repetitious than he can be when recycling material. I should say this is the only review I'm going to do of his stuff. They are well written, wryly humorous and probably, when on form, the closest you can actually get to a modern day Chandler, but they are also pretty much the same book over and over- which didn't stop me reading 14 or 15 of the blighters. Also I prefer them to Elmore L ...more
Rob Kitchin
May 07, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
The real strength of Friedman's writing is his wit, wry observations, and philosophical asides. Somewhat unusually the main character is Kinky Friedman himself and the preface indicates that most of the characters in the book are real people with their real names. The story is fairly standard PI fare in the mode of Dashiell Hammett and his thousand imitators (and there's nothing wrong with that), but with a nice dash of humour. The story is tightly plotted and rattles along at a fair pace with s ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
My favorite of all of the Kinky novels.
With an elegant polish and devious wit, this is a lovely read for anyone with a love of mystery and a devious bone in their body.
Tim Niland
Jan 02, 2010 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Take a Texas born and bred country music singer and transplant him to Greenwich Village and what do you get? Why, an amateur detective, of course! Friedman puts himself and fictionalized versions of his friends (and cat) into this enjoyable romp. When Friedman's reporter friend McGovern discovers that his neighbor has been murdered, the police charge him for the crime. McGovern takes to his heels and it is up to Kinky to find the killer as the noose tightens and the bodies start to pile up. This ...more
De Ongeletterde
Tot halverwege moest ik toch wel wat doorbijten om te blijven lezen: het was niet slecht maar ook niet echt goed, het ging wat te traag. Ofwel had ik het zelf te druk om echt IN het verhaal te raken. Hoedanook, nadien kon ik wat langere stukken doorlezen, en werd het beter. Leuk, soms grappig, misdaadverhaal van een man die, sinds ik hem ooit live aan het werk zag in de AB (jawel, hij maakt ook muziek, zoek maar eens op...), mij altijd is blijven intrigeren.
Ik rook niet, anders ware een sigaar d
Oct 09, 2015 Lobus rated it really liked it
Simply put, Kinky and his books are as cool as it gets....
Riley Reinhold
Apr 12, 2016 Riley Reinhold rated it it was amazing
Great story teller he is.
Tuck Buskirk
Feb 02, 2016 Tuck Buskirk rated it really liked it
Great book.
Aug 26, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I like Kinky Friedman and this is the first mystery by him that I've read. There are a ton of one-liners in this which made it hard to follow the plot. It was so full of Kinky that the other characters got lost.
However, there were some truly amusing moments in it and the plot, once I got a handle on it, was not bad. I would only recommend it to those who like Mr. Friedman and feel like a light mystery. I will give him another try but so far, not very impressed.
Jeannine Stewart
Jun 09, 2015 Jeannine Stewart rated it liked it
Irreverent, eccentric and politically incorrect.....this was my favorite Kinky Friedman so far. How do you explain a novel where many of the names are actual friends of the author and the author's main character is himself? You just have to read it.
I've read a later book in the series, so wanted to go back to book #1. This reads like a first book, but Kinky is already as dry and quippy as you'd want him to be. The mystery is fine, but the draw is really Kinky and his circle of pals. I also love his relationship with his cat.
Mary Newcomb
Kinky is a detective of the unusual sort, much to the consternation of New York's finest. In this tale he solves an ingenious crime with his own brand of cunning and a most unlikely crew.
Jun 27, 2012 Rob rated it liked it
Really should be three and a half stars. It's quite obvious this is a first novel; it's a bit of a shaggy dog, but very enjoyable overall. Looking forward to picking up the one
Jul 15, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
I agree with another reviewer who said the book is filled with a lot of one-liners that sometimes distracted from the plot. My first foray into Friedman's mystery series...
Paul Brewer
Feb 19, 2013 Paul Brewer rated it really liked it
Classic Kinky Friedman. I've read everything he has published and this one is my favorite. Easy and entertaining read. Stay away if you are offended by irreverent humor!
I cant remember what the plot was to this book I just put it up to recommend and Kinky Friedman book. More mystery but very sarcastic humor.
Apr 19, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
Wacky and irreverent...the first of the NYC mysteries...enjoyable, mindless fun...kind of a Carl Hiaasen in NYC, with drug references, for NYC
May 04, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book had some hilarious one liners embedded within the plot... not much on mysteries, but this was pretty good!
Jim Herrold
Jul 29, 2013 Jim Herrold rated it really liked it
You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose but you can't wipe your friends off on your saddle.
Aug 17, 2010 Kathy marked it as to-read-someday-maybe
referenced by character in Carolyn Haines' book... Kinky's mysteries seem to be humorous & fun...
Dec 26, 2013 Phylwil rated it it was ok
Aug 13, 2008 Slarson6 rated it liked it
I just can't get enough of the Kinkster!
Oct 04, 2012 Karley rated it liked it
Too much uneccessary foreshadowing
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Richard S. "Kinky" Friedman is an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly who styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the six-person race.

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