L'ultimo vero bacio

L ultimo vero bacio Sembra un caso facile per Sughrue reduce dal Vietnam e investigatore privato che ha seppellito ogni illusione sotto una colata di sarcasmo Deve ritrovare Trahearne uno scrittore stanco di quotidiani

  • Title: L'ultimo vero bacio
  • Author: James Crumley LucaConti
  • ISBN: 9788806172008
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sembra un caso facile per Sughrue, reduce dal Vietnam e investigatore privato che ha seppellito ogni illusione sotto una colata di sarcasmo Deve ritrovare Trahearne, uno scrittore stanco di quotidianit che ha cominciato a bere e sembra non voglia pi smettere Sughrue ne condivide appieno la deriva alcolica e cos , quando lo trova, non c da stupirsi se i due partono inSembra un caso facile per Sughrue, reduce dal Vietnam e investigatore privato che ha seppellito ogni illusione sotto una colata di sarcasmo Deve ritrovare Trahearne, uno scrittore stanco di quotidianit che ha cominciato a bere e sembra non voglia pi smettere Sughrue ne condivide appieno la deriva alcolica e cos , quando lo trova, non c da stupirsi se i due partono insieme alla ricerca di Betty Sue, una ragazza che ha fatto perdere ogni traccia di s quasi dieci anni prima Una storia che si dispiega come un viaggio, fisico e mentale, attraverso vari stati d animo e altrettanti stati geografici in un America violenta e per certi versi caricaturale Il romanzo d esordio che ha salutato Crumley come uno degli eredi della grande tradizione americana.

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    1. P BRYANT'S 18 RULES FOR HARD-BOILED PRIVATE EYE NOVELISTS1) The hero of your hard-boiled private-eye genre thriller shall be irresistible to women, mostly. Say about 80%, no need to stretch credulity. He will shag at least four women he encounters during the story and will also gently, sensitively refuse to shag a fifth one, not because he's tired out but because it wouldn't be the right thing. He has morals.2) All the women are sexually bold. They all sleep naked.3) He will take a good few beat [...]

    2. One of the best mysteries of all time. Contains cynicism and good-humor, elegiac sadness, a lot of drinking, a small bit of love and--oh yeah--a damn good plot and enough violence to keep you awake. And best of all, the voice of the detective narrator: charming, infuriating, and ultimately reliable C.W. Sughrue. If Sam Peckinpah wrote mysteries, they would be like this.

    3. FINAL REVIEWJames Crumley (1939-2008) - Texas tough guy, Army vet and creator of some of the most colorful crime fiction ever written, this rugged author could do drugs and drink whiskey with the best of them. A watering hole in Missoula, Montana has a bar stool dedicated to James Crumley.From the first page of this, the author’s best known novel starring first-person narrator and slumping hero Montana investigator C. W. Sughrue, "Trahearne had been on this wandering binge for nearly three wee [...]

    4. James Crumley died last year, and if there were any justice, he'd be alive today and recognized as one of the great modern crime writers while Dan Brown would have had his guts chewed out by weasels and be buried in a pauper's grave instead of getting rich off The Da Vinci Code. But there isn't any justice, and no one knew that better than Crumley.I once read that his novels were like a combination of Raymond Chandler and Hunter Thompson, and that's about as good as a description as you're likel [...]

    5. One of those books that showed up just at the right time in my life.I enjoyed this book so much it almost hurt. It changed my reading patterns, and what I read. I can't say enough good stuff about this book.This copy is signed by the author.

    6. A Masterpiece of crime-noir. Ten stars!This is a truly wonderful crime-noir, with a cast of interesting and complex characters, several hard/real plot twists, not all foreseen. The plot is many-layered and complex, mostly very true to life for the people, times and places. The prose is superb, many passages are exquisite, extraordinary. My favourites are excerpted below As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you. The femme fatales here (mor [...]

    7. C.W. Sughrue is hired to rack down an author before he drinks himself to death. Complications ensue and Sughrue takes on a second case while he's waiting for the writer to be healthy enough to travel, finding a girl that's been missing for ten years. Where will Sughrue's cases take him?Ever read a book and wonder what rock you must have been hiding beneath to never hear of it sooner? The Last Good Kiss is one of those books. Numerous reviewers have described it as a cross between Raymond Chandle [...]

    8. [9/10] He wrote about the things he saw on binges, about the road, about small towns whose future had become hostage to freeways, about truck-stop waitresses whose best hope is moving to Omaha or Cheyenne, about pasts that hung around like unwelcome ghosts, about bars where the odd survivors of some misunderstood disaster gathered to stare at dusty brown photographs of themselves, to stare at their drinks sepia in their glasses. Noir is for me a literary art form that never gets out of fashion. [...]

    9. The International Chocolate Awards first place winner World Final GOLD: Pacari Chocolate (Ecuador) – MontubiaU.S. Open Medal Winners & Grand National ChampionWormtown Brewing in Worcester, MassachusettsCathy DuPont's first place winner for best book 2014-2015The Last Good Kiss by James CrumleyRecently I read about an author (whose name I can't recall) who immersed himself in a subject then when he had learned everything he wanted about it, his interest bucketed and he began again on an ent [...]

    10. It would be an insult to the boozy soul of this book to write a review while sober, so for now I'll just say that it's a goddamn masterpiece of American detective fiction, and the best book I've read this year.Update: OK, I'm still sober but want to get some thoughts down now, so my apologies to the late Mr. Crumley.This is a post-detective novel, cut from the same cloth as '70s anti-mystery films like Penn's Night Moves ("Maybe he would find the girlybe he would find himself" could be the tagli [...]

    11. The first great read of 2013."When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart out of a fine spring afternoon"Crumley opens with this line and doesn't let up for nearly 300 pages of a rambling, alcohol soaked journey through a series of hard-boiled, depraved, violent and miserable events in the hunt for a beautiful girl missing for the past ten years. [...]

    12. I cannot believe that I had never heard of James Crumley or this novel with his colourful Montana PI C.W. Sughrue before! I have to say the novel is brilliant and is set in an atmospheric and eye catching world with Sughrue working in a topless bar. Crumley is a gifted writer and wordsmith who deploys language skilfully. He creates a vivid picture of the characters, their quirks and foibles along with superb descriptions. There is a flawed hero, alcohol, women, cynicism and violence that harks b [...]

    13. I wouldnt say this is the best PI novel i have read writing wise like say Hammett or the best PI character stories like Matt Scudder novel but it was a good mix of both. I was impressed by his prose, the fact he wasnt interested in just telling entertaining crime story, the novel was more ambitious than that. Calm pace, compassionate, real story that wanted to say something and a PI hero in CW Sughrue that felt so interesting, so real that i could read him doing nothing special for a whole novel [...]

    14. Rambling, alcohol soaked, depressive detective masterpiece from Crumley. Comparisons to Hunter S. Thompson and Peckinpah(the character C.W. yeans for Ride the High Country at one point but a closer touchtone is that similarly depressive, alcohol damaged picaresque Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) ring as true as Chandler. Great characters that I would follow anywhere and became absorbed with enough to be shocked when the plot turned on a dime, especially by the twists in the final pages that [...]

    15. A true classic of the crime fiction genre, and for some reason I just got around to it. The book introduces C.W. Sughrue, a Vietnam vet who is now a private dick, usually working boring jobs doing repossessions and divorce cases. As the novel opens, he's finally tracked down Abraham Trahearne, a famous drunken writer who Sughrue was hired to track down before he drinks himself to death. While on the job, he takes another assignment from an old barmaid to track down her daughter, who ran away fro [...]

    16. Before I can review The Last Good Kiss, there’s something I have to confess: I'm a Raymond Chandler fanboy. To the point where I haven’t read all of his books, not because I haven't had the opportunity, but because I’m trying to space out the few remaining ones as long as I can. If all goes well, I’ll die with exactly one Chandler novel left unread.My first encounter with Raymond Chandler was largely a matter of good fortune: At the time, I would occasionally nab a book off the “1001 b [...]

    17. I often use the word “protagonist” because I don’t want to have explain why I picked whichever side I did in the hero/antihero debate, not with line becoming increasingly blurry, certainly not in a synopsis or capsule review, where space is at a premium. One thing is without doubt. James Crumley’s private detective C. W. Sughrue is no role model. A daytime night crawler, he spends more time drunk than sober.Hired to track down a wayward writer on a multi-state binge, the bar fight that b [...]

    18. James Crumley’s private investigator CW Sughrue finds himself searching for a runaway young woman, missing for ten years. But this is not how it started out; he was hired by a woman to find her ex-husband, Abraham Trahearne before he drinks himself to death. A confrontation in the bar that results in Trahearne being injured in hospital puts Sughrue in a position to look for this missing woman.This hard-boiled novel is told in a way I don’t think has been done enough in a pulp crime novel. A [...]

    19. Just finished it. It's late. Gotta get up at 8 in the a.m. to make to a used books sale by 10:00.I don't know what I can say about this book. I'm in a state of awe. If I have it in me I'll try to post a review this weekend.I am staggered by the prose.The story's just fine. The writing is extraordinary.

    20. Quality mystery about a private detective who is hired by his ex-wife to find an author, who seems to be out on a major bender. When CW finally tracks him down, he becomes obsessed with helping the bartender there find her daughter, who has not been seen in a decade since joining hippies in Haight-Asbury. The two story lines twist and turn, with many surprises along the way.

    21. “When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside Sonoma California, drinking the heart out of a fine spring afternoon.”I recently re-read James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss. It was maybe my third or fourth time, I’m not sure.Whatever the case, I came away from the book thinking two things.Firstly, it probably has the greatest opening line of any book I’ve ever read.Second, it may v [...]

    22. I really enjoyed James Crumley's, "The Last Good Kiss" but I did not fall in love with it. I fell for many of the side characters who are as rich and fleshed out as the leading cast. I loved the drunk bulldog, the Hunter S. Thompson style of the prose that captured the madness of life, and I loved the fable about family life. The plot here is somewhat simple: our protagonist, Sughrue, is asked to look for a bartender's missing daughter while he's working on a case to find a drunken literary figu [...]

    23. I had 'The Last Good Kiss' lined up for some time and the post-Christmas bliss of semi-hibernation was the perfect time - I would read it in two or three days.Crumley's style had me hooked straight away; my kind of writer, sit back and enjoy the ride."In the back seat, the bulldog hunkered like a heathen idol, some magical toad with a ruby as large as a clenched fist in his head, glowing through his stoic eyes, an inscrutable snicker mystic upon his face" - that's one of the main characters, a b [...]

    24. Sfumature di grigioPorca puttana, certe volte mi domando se non mi sono già trombato l’ultima vera donna, scolato l’ultimo vero drink, spremuto dalle meningi l’ultima vera riga. E il bello è che non riesco a ricordarmi quando sarebbe successo, tutto questo.(Abraham Trahearne)Nessuno vive in eterno, nessuno resta giovane abbastanza a lungo. Il mio passato sembrava bagaglio in eccesso, il mio futuro una serie di lunghi addii, il mio presente una fiaschetta vuota, l’ultimo vero drink che [...]

    25. It ticked many of my boxes: California, the seventies, nature, homelessness, obsession, loss, sadness, hopeless romance. I'm not into boozing and whoring around, but I somehow sympathize with characters who do.Some of the most memorable characterization. At times tremendously well written. It felt like the writer needed to tell this story and poured himself into it. It left me with the kind of literary heartache that'll cause me to turn for a while to books on science and writing.There were some [...]

    26. This novel gets my undivided admiration for what I consider the finest work of modern American detective fiction--and I'm very tough to please. But its really without peer for what it sets out to do. The only other book I find comparable is 'Blue Belle' by Andrew Vachss--but Vachss works a slightly different side-of-the-street (that violent strain which nods towards Hammett). Crumley descends more so from the elegant Raymond Chandler. Regardless--for modern times, these are the two best works I [...]

    27. Excellent Crime/Mystery fiction from James Crumley. I had never heard of Mr. Crumley before reading this book; His style is vivid, intense, manic, brooding and magnificent! Montana private detective CW Shugrue is a Viet Nam vet who lives in, on and around the fringes of society. A hard drinking, drug taking, good ol' boy with more guts than brains who has a knack for finding people, Shugrue is the perfect choice to track down author Abraham Trahearne on his lasted drunken bender. Once he finds t [...]

    28. Meet Private Detective C. W. Sughrue. Private detectives are supposed to find missing persons and solve crimes. But more often than not Sughrue is the one committing the crimes – everything from grand theft auto to criminal stupidity. All washed down with a hearty dose of whisky and regret.At the end of a three-week hunt for a runaway bestselling author, Sughrue winds up in a ramshackle bar, with an alcoholic bulldog. The landlady’s daughter vanished a decade ago and now she wants Sughrue to [...]

    29. Un grande libro, un hardboiled scritto in maniera mirabile come solo Il Grande Sonno di Raymond Chandler è riuscito.Se dovessi indicare, come nelle altre recensioni, una canzone, vengono in mente Isaac Hayes e il grande Marving Gay con lo splendido video di Inner City Blues(cliccate perchè merita)Se vi piace questo tipo ti musica allora L'ultimo vero bacio è il vostro libro altrimenti leggetelo lo stesso perchè e semplicemente fantastico !Scritto nel 1978, è un romanzo complesso ed articola [...]

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