- 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,674,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Day of Forever Hardcover – March 1, 1986
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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?
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).Read more ›