The Last Detective Alive and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
  • List Price: $15.95
  • Save: $2.27 (14%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.03
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Last Detective Alive Paperback – May 11, 2010

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$13.68 $36.16

Frequently Bought Together

The Last Detective Alive + The Fifty Foot Detective + The Million Dollar Policeman
Price for all three: $40.93

Buy the selected items together


New Adult Fiction by Rainbow Rowell
Acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell's latest book, Landline, offers a poignant, humorous look at relationships and marriage. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Kennydale Books; First edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982273622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982273623
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Gray on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Frank Burly is a timely character; he's back for his annual appearance, and once again struggling with time. You might find other books out there discussing what happens when physics encounters consciousness, but John Swartzwelder's newest comic masterpiece is the first to reveal what happens when physics encounters unconsciousness, e.g. Frank Burly, "The Last Detective Alive." If you're a Swartzwelder fan, you know that Frank has gotten mixed up with time before, like in "Earth Vs. Everybody" and "The Time Machine Did It," but this new adventure is more tasteful. This time Frank's preference for day-old donuts leads to the invention of donut holes, (kind of like worm holes in the so-called "real world," but with powdered sugar and flavored fillings). Frank literally stumbles into what could happen if the wrong types figure out to travel through time while simultaneously discovering the dangers of second hand snuff. After Edward "Blinky" Blinkman steals Frank's identity, Frank discovers that if you don't "...have any valid form of identification at all, like me, the only thing you could do was vote." While chasing "Blinky," Frank learns what has happened to all those old electronic gadgets and rotary-dial phones that are so "last century." And what do you think might happen if Frank met the founding fathers? Would he find out the truth about the Boston Tea Party? And if he confesses to being a witch, is he? And what if he met Charles Darwin? Would Darwin's next book really be about the Origin of Baseball? Perhaps Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku need to read up on Frank Burly's latest adventure so they can get their stories straight on time. It's either like a wave, a fabric, a river or a donut hole, but with Frank Burly leading the way, a trip though it is never boring.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric L. Wozniak on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In The Last Detective Alive, John Swartzwelder's back with another Frank Burly adventure, but you're probably already aware of that. In this episode, Burly travels through time causing chaos wherever he treads. For veteran Swartzwelder readers, you might think this plot sound a lot like The Time Machine Did It, and you'd be right. Swartzwelder is somewhat rehashing the idea he briefly used at the end of The Time Machine Did It, but here he extends the joke for 130 or so pages. And you know what? It works. What's most interesting about The Last Detective Alive is the fact that Swartzwelder is making a lot of social commentary this time around. In that sense, it reminded me a lot of Double Wonderful. But the commentary isn't overly intrusive, nor does it ever really take a firm stance on anything. Rather, Swartzwelder seems to take an issue and point out its absurdity.
The big question is: Is the book funny? Shame on you for asking. Yes, it's hilarious. I was constantly laughing and rereading passages for friends throughout the book. The only negative comment I have is that it reads like Swartzwelder didn't really have a plan for the book. I frequently imagined Swartzwelder typing at his computer and then asking himself "Ok, what now?" That being said, it's still funny. This isn't the kind of book that asks you to suspend your disbelief. You're taken along for a ride that doesn't make sense, and it doesn't particularly matter. It's fun for all the right Swartzweldian reasons.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Mckeon on November 13, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It feels almost treacherous to give a bad review for a Swartzwelder penned Frank Burly book, especially as I never wrote reviews for the earlier ones I enjoyed so very much. But seasoned Burly fans will know that Swartzwelder has been devoting less effort into bothering to create base narratives for Burly's adventures over the recent offerings.

We all love the chaos that Burly creates, and those of us who like surreal comedy enjoy the flights of fancy. But you have to have something of a grounding at least. More recently, and certainly with this book, Swartzwelder just plunges right into chaos from the start. And when it's all chaotic nonsense, not merely a flight from reality, it just gets grating. It feels like he has lost interest in writing them.

Swartzwelder could write wonderful comedy about paint drying, so why he feels the need to totally go nuts with the plot from the get go here is puzzling. It's got to the point where I probably won't bother buying the next one, and that is such a huge fall in estimation from the nearly peerless comedy he has produced in some earlier Burly books that it's a shame to me.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?