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A Case of Lone Star

(Kinky Friedman #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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 July 1987)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye

Write 'em, Jewboy

I started reading this novel just before the Trump Insurrection (the bonfire of Trump's vanity, as if we needed yet another one), and at first it was hard to make much headway, with all the distraction. But then it seemed that a bit of the Kinkster was just what I needed. He sure knows how to write with pertinence and humour. Maybe he was what we all needed. A writer/musician whose guitar (not to mention his books), in the words of Woody Guthrie, kills fascists.

As at th
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kinky never fails to deliver a bundle of laughs and great characters! This one will appeal especially to lovers of country and western music with its references to Hank Williams and many of the old songs.
Geoffrey Fox
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Angus McKeogh
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book. Kinky is so irreverent and funny with an entertaining murder mystery thrown in as well. This was his second novel in his mystery "series". And although I've been reading them haphazard and out of order, I still found this one very entertaining. ...more
Peter Barr
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series of novels by Kinky Friedman with the main character being the amateur detective Kinky Friedman. It is a modern day, derivative Sherlock Holmes, if Sherlock Holmes were a Jewish former country and western singer living in Manhattan.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Charlie Ferguson

Think I will buy more Kinky books. What a sense of humor. He is in charge of the English language.
Nick Gilbert
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago, but I just read it again - I love all the Kinky Friedman books!!!!
Marina Kahn
Feb 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I accidentally got introduced to Kinky Friedman while shopping in a bookstore in Austin, Texas early 1990's. Just picked up one of the middle books; mainly because the cover had a photo of a black cat and she looked like she was in control. Go forward some twenty years later and I'm still a fan and now I've decided to start reading Kinky's books in order. So now, I'm at number 2. All of his mysteries are hilarious and quite often politically incorrect which is why they are so enjoyable.
I found t
I read this book in the old fiction reading room at the back of the main branch of the Detroit Public Library in 1992 while waiting for my wife to get out of class for the day at Wayne State University, the campus of which is across Cass Avenue from the back of the library. I used to have a habit of simply walking through the stacks and grabbing the first three or four books that caught my eye, based solely on the cover art & title, which would then be what I read that day. Amazingly, that metho ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is many years since I came across the title “More Kinky Friedman” in a bookshop in Grasmere. The bookshop is no longer there (but the wonderful “Grasmere Bookshop” still is, I’m pleased to say), but it was my introduction to the crazy world of Vandam Street and the life of the Kinkster. The love affair lasted through many books, until he pushed it a little too far 10 or 11 books later.
So, a reread and back to the fun and the warped one-liners. Not to mention, the cat, the coffee, the dreadful
M. Sprouse
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I want to be Kinky Friedman when I grow up: drinking all night, sleeping til noon, two girlfriends with the same name, singing country music, solving crimes and not really working much. Old Kinky is not for everybody, if he was he would be worth a Ratso's ass. This is my second in the series and I'm reading them in order, "A Case of Lone Star" was a bit more of a whodunit, but that still not the point. The point is the wit, the wisecracks, the one-liners. In the book, Kinky quotes Oscar Wilde wh ...more
Heather Ames
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I bought this book a long time ago, but it sat with my other hardbacks and unfortunately didn't get read. So many laugh-out-loud moments. The plot was a little confusing, and how Kinky ever got to the conclusion he did is still beyond me. But as well as the lighthearted look at the 1980's, the name-dropping and insights into country music were highly entertaining. Bob Dylan's gift. The cast of oddball characters. A retro-look at country music in New York. It was just the right time to read this ...more
Esteban Stipnieks
Oct 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another rollicking journey through 70s and the Texas Outlaw music scene in fiction, if you are familiar with the scene much of the book makes sense to you ..... a beautiful collection of adolescent humor, musical trivia wrapped around a murder mystery under the ghost of Hank Senior. If you are anywhere and you want to go back to the hill country read this and you will be there.
Victor Cordova
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-it
The Kinksta does it again! Excellent mystery/humorous/up yours novel. Sherlock Holmes may have ruled Britania, but he holds nothing on the Kinksta! Even The Villiage irregulars kick ass, (sorry, arse), over them East Enders. Not elimentary, Watson - Fact!!!!
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Lots of fun, but not quite as good as the first one. Fletch fans and country music nerds will love it. Filled with Americana acts from the Seventies and Eighties, plenty of Hank Williams trivia, and Kinky's unique brand of humor. ...more
Olly Colluphid
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check brain in at door entertainment. Good one liners.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sometimes too much macho, sometimes too much easy-to-guess, you can't avoid liking the Kinkster and all of the irregulars around him. Long live the Kinkster!! ...more
Apr 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
I am rereading the Kinkster. This one is much better than his first book. The Chet Flippo book that is a major plot point I read 25 years ago and it was great.
Rog Harrison
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I first came across the Kinky Friedman crime books about twenty years ago (I first read this on 13 July 1994) 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 ...more
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.

Mar 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yanks, read-in-2016
It was 11.40. I lit a cigar, took a slug of Jameson's, and the phones rang.
That's about it, really. The narrator/protagonist is a bit of a one-trick pony. Wants to tell me everything that goes in his mouth - every meal, every drink, every cigar. Freud would have something to say about this, I'm sure.
Nick Scott
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
A very cleverly written country-western murder mystery noir set in NYC. Plenty of Kinky Friedman witticisms throughout. It is pretty easy to figure out who the killer is though. A short, breezy, enjoyable read.
Clif Smith
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
You've never read any mystery like those by the Kinkster. After all, he's been a band leader, a candidate fo governor of Texas, and a totally irreverent critic. He's just hilariously unpredictable. Any of his are worth a look. ...more
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, comedy-crime
This was a very funny little book though the humour may not be to everyones taste.
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it
complete fluff, but really funny with some highly quotable lines.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kinky in a country music club, in New York, with a murder to solve. The cat is in charge.
Larry Schwartz
If you don't love Kinky, you're a lonely person. ...more
Tom Dye
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Written in the Kinky Friedman vernacular, this book is a hilarious read, a colorful journey. Fun, splendid, you really ought to read it.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
if you like the weird and the funny Kinky is for you. I am not sure how i found him but he is a guilty please.
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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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