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A Case of Lone Star (Kinky Friedman #2)
The second of the mysteries featuring the foul-mouthed Kinky Friedman, ace private eye. It is Thanksgiving at the legendary Lone Star Cafe, a raucus little corner of Texas right in the middle of Manhattan. Larry Barkins is found dead in his dressing room, his head bashed in with his own guitar.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Vandam Press, Inc.
(first published 1987)
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Preposterous murder mystery is solved by an even more preposterous sleuth. Wisecracking, cigar-addicted country-western singer Kinky beds Uptown Judy and Downtown Judy (striving to keep them mutually ignorant of one another's existence), swigs his Jameson whiskeys and Lone Star beers while trying to discover which of his Hank Williams-obsessed acquaintances is murdering country-western musicians in a Greenwich Village club. Some funny lines, the best repartee being between Kinky and his very urb ...more
I first came across the Kinky Friedman crime books about twenty years ago and I read four or five them so I was pleased to come across three of his books in the library last week. In the intervening years I have heard and enjoyed some of his music too. This is the second time I have read this and it's a good read even if the plot does not quite make sense. Kinky Friedman is a witty writer and of course is a real person as are many of the characters in the book even if the story is pure fiction.
Wisecracking country music singer turned amateur detective Kinky Friedman is back in the saddle after it becomes know that country singers are being murdered at the Lone Star Cafe in New York City. In-between boozing, cracking jokes and incessantly smoking cigars, Friedman tracks the killer and even takes to the stage again to lure him into the open. Friedman's smart-aleck banter keeps the narrative flowing well, and this was an enjoyable story.
It was a quick read, but I enjoy country music and political incorrectness. I'm glad Jerry Jeff Walker and Asleep at the Wheel weren't killed. I'm glad to see there is some appreciation for Texas music. I have respect for the quote about getting decent Mexican food. It's just not the same as it is with Texican flavor.
Oct 10, 2011 Julie Caroline rated it really liked it · review of another edition
style très vivant. semble assez bien traduit malgré de gros oublis de traduction qui sonnent bizarre en francais et que seuls les avertis comprennent comme : red herring traduit mot a mot" harreng rouge"
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.More about Kinky Friedman...
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