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"Newton Thornburg is one of the best hidden secrets in the crime writing field, and his revival is much overdue."—Maxim Jakubowski

Two apparent suicides and a pair of brutal sex murders plunge would-be starlet Foxy Reno and ex-hippie drifter Crow into the dark underbelly of Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. As Crow and Reno embark on a hunt for the killer, they discove
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Serpent's Tail (first published 1983)
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Tom Vater
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Sipping hot black coffee, Crow watched the two of them from a window booth in the drive-in. Chicks out of the nest, he had thought at first, a pair of lorn adolescent lovers thumbing at the cars hurtling past them on the late-afternoon freeway. Then he saw the boy snarl something at the girl and roughly jerk her arm up into a hitchhiking stance more to his liking, and the gesture aged him, pushing him on into his twenties, already an executive type, despite his long hair and scraggly beard and g ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-have
Hitchhiking runaways, thirty-five year olds who are drifting from job to
job, a three-way romance with a blonde heiress and a Lolita-type
sixteen-year old, a retired police detective, CIA hit squads, Hollywood
strip clubs, weekends in Mazatlan.... Thornburg throws a lot of
different stuff into this mystery gumbo and, at times, such as the
opening, he succeeds in creating a mood and a vibe of the late sixties/
early seventies. Other times, the story is a mishmash of different

A staple of m
Patrick James
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another one out of the ball park from Thornburg. Really takes something out of you, I found, however. It was a lot heavier than Cutter and Bone and To Die In California, or perhaps it was my emotional state when I read it. No matter, by the end you just want to read it all over again.
John Marr
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Big disappointment after the spot-on Cutter & Bone. Although set in the '80s, the book still feels like the early-to-mid '70s, and the "dirty tricks" plot is just plain silly.
Dave Phillips
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great story from Thornburg! This would make a great film
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Born in Harvey, Illinois, Thornburg graduated from the University of Iowa with a Fine Arts degree. He worked in a variety of jobs before devoting himself to writing full-time (or at least in tandem with his cattle farm in the Ozarks) in 1973.
His 1976 novel Cutter and Bone was filmed in 1981 as Cutter's Way. The New York Times called Cutter and Bone "the best novel of its kind for ten years." Anoth
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