Title: Greenwich Killing Time
Publisher: Beech Tree Books, William Morrow, New York
Publication Date: 1986
Book Condition: Very Good+
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Cloth-backed paper over boards; illustrated dust jacket; 8vo; pp. 196. Spine tips and corners gently bumped, otherwise book is fine. Dust jacket just a little wrinkled at head of spine, and very faintly tanned on flaps. An excellent copy of Friedman's first book. Bookseller Inventory # JC8155
Synopsis: "One of the glasses was smudged with bright pink lipstick, at least as clear as you could possibly get a smudge. It went with the decor because the man was holding a bouquet of long-stemmed pink roses. He was lying on the floor with a cute little hole right about where his third eye should be. The flowers he was holding were quite lovely but he definitely couldn't care less. On the floor beside the body was a little white card with the typewritten message 'I'm sending you eleven roses?the twelfth rose is you'."
The scene of the crime is Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The corpse is found holding eleven pink roses --- and the suspects are as strange as the crime. This is the first of Kinky Friedman's internationally acclaimed mystery novels - republished with a new introduction by the author - and a perfect introduction to America's favorite and most outrageous fast-talking cigar-smoking country singer turned amateur detective.
"The toughest, hippest, funniest mystery in years." (Good Morning America)
"A 24-carat American original...hip and hard-boiled." (Chicago Tribune)
"What's pleasantly surprising about Greenwich Killing Time is that it's so damn good." (Boston Phoenix)
"A true Texas legend." (President George W. Bush)
"Dear Kinky, I have now read all of your books. More, please. I really need the laughs." (former) President Bill Clinton
"A surefire cure for the blues." New York Times
From the Author's Introduction: "Greenwich Killing Time was the first book I ever wrote. I wrote it in 1984 and it was published in 1986. ? Though most of the books have been set in New York (with the exception of Armadillos and Old Lace, set in Texas, and the soon-to-be-published Steppin' On A Rainbow, set in Hawaii), Greenwich Killing Time is the only one that was written in New York. Some critics have remarked, not unkindly, we hope, that the book smells like New York. If this is true it is no doubt because of the truly visceral voyage one goes through in writing a first novel. It's almost as if your first novel writes you..."
Vandam Press is proud to be able to make this remarkable novel available to Kinky?s old friends and to those readers who are discovering Kinky Friedman for the first time.
Product Description: With a new introduction by the author, Greenwich Killing Time is now available for the first time in more than a decade.
This is the first of Kinky Friedman's mystery novels. To quote the author: "Greenwich Killing Time was the first book I ever wrote. I wrote it in 1984 and it was published in 1986. I was doing a lot of Peruvian marching powder at the time so I don't remember too much about writing it, but I do recall a couple of things. I borrowed the title from my friend Ted Mann. I borrowed the typewriter, an old Smith-Corona, from my friend, the future Village Irregular, Mike McGovern. Mike graciously loaned me the typewriter claiming he'd missed many important deadlines with the instrument. It had, I later learned, once belonged to his mother before she'd been bugled to Jesus years earlier. I took this as a sign of the Lord's hand at work in the world. It could've been, of course, just another case of a Jew borrowing a typewriter.
Though most of the books have been set in New York (with the exception of Armadillos and Old Lace, set in Texas, and the soon-to-be-published Steppin' On A Rainbow, set in Hawaii), Greenwich Killing Time is the only one that was written in New York. Some critics have remarked, not unkindly, we hope, that the book smells like New York. If this is true it is no doubt because of the truly visceral voyage one goes through in writing a first novel. It's almost as if your first novel writes you..."
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