God Bless John Wayne (Kinky Friedman Series #8)

God Bless John Wayne (Kinky Friedman Series #8)

by Kinky Friedman

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Overview

“Kinky Friedman is to the detective novel what Frank Zappa is to rock and roll: a gleeful gadfly who delights in offending purists. . . . There's just no stopping him. And who wants to?”—People

Since Sam Spade, no private investigator has been charmed to see a deadbeat client darken his door—and country singers turned amateur detectives are no exception. That goes double for deadbeats who are their friends. So when Ratso—longtime pal, assistant crime solver, and notorious nonpayer—comes to Kinky with a case of his own, the Kinkster is reluctant to take it on. But if there's one thing a country singer relates to, it's mamas, and it's his long-lost birth mother that adoptee Ratso is seeking. The case turns sour in a hurry, and soon it gets hard to tell the murder victims from the suspects. One thing's for certain: Kinky would rather have a deadbeat for a client than be a dead dick.

Praise for God Bless John Wayne

“Brash, crass and colorful.”Houston Chronicle

“How is this mystery writer different from all other mystery writers? . . . We don't read him, for instance, to find out what happens next. We read him to find out how far he will go.”The Washington Post Book World

God Bless John Wayne is another triumph for the Kinkster—the perfect mix of mystery, literature and wit.”—The Associated Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553576337
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1996
Series: Kinky Friedman Series , #8
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 655,098
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Kinky Friedman is a musician, author, and journalist. He is the author of nine novels, including God Bless John WayneArmadillos & Old Lace, and Elvis, Jesus, and Coca-Cola, and has written for publications such as Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly. He lives in a little green trailer in a little green valley deep in the heart of Texas.

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God Bless John Wayne 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ausonius More than 1 year ago
Let's talk about Kinky Friedman's 1995 detective novel GOD BLESS JOHN WAYNE. The plot outline has New York City unlicensed crime consultant Kinky Friedman help a pal nicknamed Ratso find his birth mother 47 years after she gave Ratso up for adoption. If G.K. Chesterton's fictional sleuth Father Brown told GOD BLESS JOHN WAYNE, it would be concluded in 25 pages or fewer. Author Friedman takes 256. *** In Friedman's version, Friedman calls in pals from around the country to suggest a method for finding Ratso's mother. They follow one wispy clue after another to a Hudson River mansion where Mary Goodman, Ratso's birth mother, may or may not live. The investigation leads over the corpses of an earlier PI whom Ratso had hired before calling on his chum Kinky and of the son of the lawyer who had arranged the adoption 47 years earlier. Plus someone takes a shot at Kinky in broad daylight. That is the gist of the plot. *** So how and why does Friedman pad or charitably "frame" the plot with minute descriptions of Kinky's apartment, female cat, upstair neighbors (including a Lesbian dance class), dozens of episodes of smoking cigars, drinking Jameson's whiskey, making expresso coffee and meditations on the final South Sea years of Robert Louis Stevenson, Jewish humor, admiring images in his apartment of Jesus and Mary, probings of his bodily functions and lustful longings and more? *** A possible message in the elaborate, meandering "framing" is that Kinky Friedman is an extraordinarily gifted man who champions the common man. "I am a country picker with a bumpersticker/That says God Bless John Wayne." Another is that where you are born is important, but there can be self-chosen altenatives. As Ratso's adopted mother put it:  "No one can ever take the place of a person's real mother. But sometimes there are other places." *** The detection within the novel's plot is straightforward. Making sense of the novel's context and framing is even more challenging. -OOO-
Erbil-12 More than 1 year ago
Kinky has the ability to wrap, or is that warp, a tale of mystery around a irregular cast like no other.