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The Day of Forever Hardcover – March 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (March 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575037709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575037700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,148,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Shanghai in 1930, J. G. BALLARD is the author of sixteen novels, including "Empire of the Sun," "The Drowned World," and "Crash." He lived in London until his death in April 2009.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Fare on November 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Kinky Friedman's 2nd detective novel, Case of Lone Star, is better than his first simply because it takes place in the music world, Kinky's other love. Our country singing, cat-owning, cigar smoking part-time detective (with a new espresso machine) once again falls into a string of murders. This time, however, the killer is using the music of Hank Williams to drop his clues.
I'll admit that Kinky's mysteries are a little too pat sometimes. The killers always leave "real" clues (not the kind you have to find, the kind you get in the mail or on the doorstep). But, the detective work is sound and that's still not the best thing about this book...the greatest gift we get here is the feel of the music business and the club life (and the people who inhabit that world). I always think of Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder with a guitar when I read the tales of detective Kinky, and that's a compliment indeed.
It's an easy read, it's a true page-turner, and it's funny as hell. What more you want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on March 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
"A Case of Lone Star" is Kinky's second book, and was first published in 1987. As with his other books, Kinky has cast himself as the amateur-PI hero, while some of the other characters have been based on actual friends. As with real-life, the book's Kinky is a cigar-smoking, cat-loving, espresso-guzzling, whiskey-drinking, ex-country and western performer. He shares his loft on Vandam Street with his cat - who he occasionally leaves in charge. Conversations between Kinky and the cat tend to be somewhat one-sided, while the cat consistently refuses to answer the telephone.

Much of the action takes place in the Lone Star Café - a famous New York establishment that's played host to musical legends such as the Blues Brothers, the Rolling Stones and Kinky Friedman. The book opens with Kinky being contacted by Cleve, the manager of the Lone Star. Cleve has a slight problem with Larry Barkin, the frontman of Larry Barkin and the Barkin Brothers. Unfortunately, Larry isn't in any fit state to go on for the second set, having been murdered in his dressing room after the first set. A note that had arrived through the post the previous day - previously discounted as just fan mail - is now being viewed in a different light. It contained the lyrics of an old Hank Williams number that tied up with the scene of the crime. Bill Dick, the club's owner, asks Kinky to help with the club's woes.

Five people had been in Larry's dressing room after the first set. Three of them are known to Kinky : Chet Flippo (an old Texan friend of the Kinkster, who'd recently written a book about Hank Williams), Mike Simmons (an excellent country singer, who is not only partial to the sauce but also to Hank Williams' music) and Ratso (the Watson to Kinky's Sherlock).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ariel goldberg on November 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
As far as kinky freidman goes, this is not a very good effort. That does not mean it is not a good novel, however. It is tremendously funny, and just a tad sexy. If you are first getting started on kinky, then maybe you should start with another one. This book is only for serious freidman fans only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Simpson on February 9, 2010
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I bought this book for my twin brother. He was so happy that I found it and that he can add it to his collection of rare well written mystery novels!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lazza on May 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
'A Case of Lone Star' is really a pretty weak novel. The author plants himself as the private detective living in Greenwich Village trying to resolve murders and a C&W music venue/bar. The murders are all linked to the music of Hank Williams. Kind of clever and cute? Yes. But this book is so poorly written. In every other sentence the author injects some sort of quip/double entre/anecdote that sometimes makes you smile, more often makes you grimace, and it all gets tiresome by page ten. Kinky Friedman is seemingly not half as clever as he tries to be.

I bought this as part of a collection of three Kinky Friedman novels. After reading 'A Case of Lone Star' I am donating this book to charity, although I do feel sorry for whomever buys it again.

Bottom line: proof that at least one Jew from Texas can't write mystery novels.
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