James Crumley  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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James A. Crumley (12 October 1939 - 17 September 2008) was the author of violent hardboiled crime novels and several volumes of short stories and essays, as well as published and unpublished screenplays. His novels The Mexican Tree Duck, The Last Good Kiss, and The Right Madness feature the character C.W. Sughrue, an ex-army officer turned private investigator. The Wrong Case, Dancing Bear and The Final Country feature a P.I. named Milo Milodragovitch. Bordersnakes brings both characters together. Crumley said of his two characters: "Milo's first impulse is to help you; Sughrue's is to shoot you in the foot."

The detective "Crumley" in Ray Bradbury's trilogy of mystery novels (Death Is a Lonely Business, A Graveyard for Lunatics, and Let's All Kill Constance) is named in tribute to him.

List of works

  • One to Count Cadence (1969) - novel
  • The Wrong Case (1975) - novel, Milo series
  • The Last Good Kiss (1978) - novel, Sughrue series
  • Dancing Bear (1983) - novel, Milo series
  • Pigeon Shoot (1987) - unproduced screenplay, limited edition
  • Whores (1988) - short stories
  • Muddy Fork and Other Things (1991) - short fiction and essays
  • The Mexican Tree Duck (1993) - novel, Sughrue series, winner 1994 Dashiell Hammettt Award
  • Bordersnakes (1996) - novel, Sughrue and Milo series
  • The Putt at the End of the World (2000) - collaborative novel
  • The Final Country (2001) - novel, Milo series
  • The Right Madness (2005) - novel, Sughrue series

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