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The Final Country

Crumley, James

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ISBN 10: 0892966661 / ISBN 13: 9780892966660
Published by Mysterious Press, New York, 2001
Condition: Mint Hardcover
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Black octavo in a black slipcase ; 347 p ; 24 cm. Limited to 400 copies, number 228, signed by the author on the limitation page. // Married people -- Fiction -- Europe -- Middle class -- Drama -- Friendship // Surprisingly scarce in this limited signed slipcase editoin. Mint, new copy in a fine slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 81896

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Title: The Final Country

Publisher: Mysterious Press, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Mint

Book Condition:Mint

Dust Jacket Condition: new

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Limited edition.

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Synopsis:

A one-night stand with a beautiful woman takes a strange turn for part-time private eye Milo Milodragovitch when he agrees to help her catch the man who raped and murdered her sister. By the award-winning author of The Mexican Tree Duck. 50,000 first printing.

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It's been too long since James Crumley's last Milo Milodragovitch adventure, but the wait was worth it. The Final Country is a fully satisfying read with plenty of action, even more sex, and superb characterization.

"A chase after money and revenge had brought me to Texas, and a woman had kept me here," Milo explains. But trying to salvage a love affair, keep his PI business going, and run a tavern (whose real business is laundering drug money) hasn't kept trouble from following Milo--or maybe it's the other way around. When a man kills a drug dealer right in front of him, Milo can't help but track the shooter down, if only to keep the Texas cops from railroading him into the death chamber. Soon one beautiful woman frames Milo for the murder of a well- connected Texan, and another one with ties to both killings disappears, setting up the intricately plotted action of this fast-paced thriller.

Crumley's narrative gifts and poetic talents set this crazy-funny mystery apart. Milo is a consistently interesting protagonist, especially here, as Crumley depicts him in the fullness of middle age, a hard-boiled, bruised, and battered dick who, despite all evidence to the contrary, still believes in the redemptive powers of love--not to mention liquor, cocaine, and sex. Texas may not be Milo's natural habitat, but it's a big enough backdrop for his unique talents, and for Crumley's, too. --Jane Adams

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