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The Fourth Durango

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  267 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The Fourth Durango is not your ordinary Durango. It's not in Spain, or Mexico, and it's not a ski town in the Colorado Rockies, although Durangos do exist in all of those places. This Durango has an industry, albeit a rather odd one-it is a hideout business, a place where people pay to find sanctuary from former friends and associates who are either trying to kill them, or ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1989)
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Mike Jensen
May 06, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it it was ok
How can a book that begins so well be so bad? There is only enough story here for a novella, but Thomas pads with so many flashbacks that the eyes roll when you come to another and there are long explanations about the past (sort of flashback but in current time) and an inexcusable revelation 100 pages near the end that two of the characters knew but if they had revealed it before the plot would have had little suspense. Add to this a too convoluted plot that by the end seems improbably silly an ...more
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 Benjamin Plume rated it really liked it
While not quite as funny as the books featuring Wu and Durant (two of the most amusing and wily characters I know) this novel kept me turning pages. Every little aside is important to the plot that's eventually revealed, and yet I didn't feel lost when the final twists were introduced. As usual, Thomas allows readers to enjoy his work in a variety of ways...a close reading is excelletn but it seems it would work as light reading as well.
Dale Barlow
Oct 15, 2015 Dale Barlow rated it liked it
a very involved mystery that I kept reading because each chapter had a new development—stunning ending. The problem for me was keeping up with all the characters.; I do understand how this author became well read (and is now deceased).; 1989 hardback via Madison County Public Library, Berea (author had another book on my “To Read” list but the Library didn’t have that one—this one looked interesting), 247 pgs.; 3 out of 5 stars; read 23 Oct., 2015/#37
Oct 13, 2007 Anne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: nicole, jody, kyra, paula
Currently I am reading this just for fun. I tend to read thrillers and mysteries when I'm feeling overwhelmed by work, which is true right now. I like this Ross Thomas guy because he always comes up with interesting characters in unique situations, very similar to Elmore Leonard without the profanity.
Victoria Houston
Jan 30, 2015 Victoria Houston rated it it was amazing
Ross Thomas is my favorite mystery writer. He is the ultimate "writer's writer." The Fourth Durango zings with his wit and sly humor. Love his characters. The plot is convoluted but fun to follow.
Eric Hines
Nov 25, 2011 Eric Hines rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
My second Ross Thomas book, and this one did not please as much as Chinaman's Chance, mostly because the central characters aren't quite as much fun. But Thomas is still a fine writer even in a pedestrian book.
Jun 12, 2011 Huma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Huma by: Ayeshashoaib2003
The plot was interesting but the writing wasn't so good; or maybe the mood was such that I did not like it. Grisham would have done a better job of writing this story.
Apr 14, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable yarn featuring former judge Jack Adair and former attorney Kelly Vines in the industry-less seaside town (with no beach) of Durango, Calif., with an almost-predictable twist.
Zuzu Burford
Jan 16, 2015 Zuzu Burford rated it really liked it
It shows what a good read can be, with imagination, plot, and eccentric characters. A satisfying and enjoyable story.
Feb 09, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
The greatest hideout of all time. Find this Durango and you find one of the best reads from one of the wittiest writers.
Feb 27, 2009 Tom added it
It's good, but I still think the mind-blowing The Fools in Town are on Our Side is Thomas's best.
Mike Downs
Feb 28, 2016 Mike Downs rated it really liked it
Another good one. His characters are well defined as usual. The story moves along well; although for me there are some pot holes in the road.
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Ross Thomas was an American writer of crime fiction. He is best known for his witty thrillers that expose the mechanisms of professional politics. He also wrote several novels under the pseudonym Oliver Bleeck about professional go-between Philip St. Ives.

Thomas served in the Philippines during World War II. He worked as a public relations specialist, reporter, union spokesman, and political strat
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