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Book Title: La Danse de l'ours|
The author of the book: James Crumley
ISBN 13: 9782070408399
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 598 KB
Date of issue: 2008
Read full description of the books La Danse de l'ours:Private detective Milo Milodragovich could share the old Pinkerton’s motto of “We Never Sleep”, but in Milo’s case that’s probably because of all the cocaine he does.
Actually, at the beginning of this one, Milo is keeping a reasonably low profile following the events of The Wrong Case. He’s working as a low level rent-a-cop for a security agency run by Colonel Haliburton* and is staying relatively clean and sober by restricting his chemical intake to peppermint schnapps. However, after a nasty incident on the security job and a meeting with the elderly mistress of his late father, Milo finds himself working two cases that soon have him back on the bottle and tooting coke like a character on Miami Vice.
What should be a couple of routine matters soon turn ugly and in true Crumley fashion, Milo’s method of working a case involves many miles of driving around with lots of guns and drugs and there’s more than a little drinking going on. It’s glorious!
This one is pretty typical of the Crumley crime novels with one of his two main characters getting in way over his head and trying to cope with it through drug abuse, excessive violence and black humor. It’s been said many times, but it bears repeating that these books are like a mix of Raymond Chandler and Hunter S. Thompson.
It’s frantically paced noir with a cynical world view that’s a helluva lot of fun to read.
* (The idea that Milo is working for a security company owned by a guy named Haliburton made me laugh repeatedly as I thought about this joke from 30 Rock.)
Read information about the authorJames Arthur Crumley was the author of violent hardboiled crime novels and several volumes of short stories and essays, as well as published and unpublished screenplays. He has been described as "one of modern crime writing's best practitioners", who was "a patron saint of the post-Vietnam private eye novel"and a cross between Raymond Chandler and Hunter S. Thompson.His book The Last Good Kiss has been described as "the most influential crime novel of the last 50 years."
Crumley, who was born in Three Rivers, Texas, grew up in south Texas, where his father was an oil-field supervisor and his mother was a waitress.
Crumley was a grade-A student and a football player, an offensive lineman, in high school. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology on a Navy ROTC scholarship, but left to serve in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961 in the Philippines. He then attended the Texas College of Arts and Industries on a football scholarship, where he received his B.A. degree with a major in history in 1964. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at the University of Iowa in 1966. His master's thesis was later published as the Vietnam War novel One to Count Cadence in 1969.
Crumley had not read any detective fiction until prompted to by Montana poet Richard Hugo, who recommended the work of Raymond Chandler for the quality of his sentences. Crumley finally picked up a copy of one of Chandler's books in Guadalajara, Mexico. Impressed by Chandler's writing, and that of Ross Macdonald, Crumley began writing his first detective novel, The Wrong Case, which was published in 1975.
Crumley served on the English faculty of the University of Montana at Missoula, and as a visiting professor at a number of other colleges, including the University of Arkansas, Colorado State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
From the mid-80s on he lived in Missoula, Montana, where he found inspiration for his novels at Charlie B's bar. A regular there, he had many longstanding friends who have been portrayed as characters in his books.
Crumley died at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana on September 17, 2008 of complications from kidney and pulmonary diseases after many years of health problems. He was survived by his wife of 16 years, Martha Elizabeth, a poet and artist who was his fifth wife. He had five children – three from his second marriage and two from his fourth – eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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