James Crumley was born in Three Rivers, Texas, and spent most of his childhood in South Texas. After serving three years in the U.S. Army and completing college degrees in history (BA, Texas College of Arts and Industries) and creative writing (MFA, University of Iowa), he joined the English faculty at the University of Montana at Missoula. He was also a visiting professor at a number of other institutions around the country, including the University of Texas at El Paso, Colorado State University, Reed College, and Carnegie-Mellon. His works include a novel of Vietnam, One to Count Cadence, and seven detective novels: The Wrong Case, The Last Good Kiss, Dancing Bear, The Mexican Tree Duck, Bordersnakes, The Final Country, and The Right Madness. He died in Missoula in 2008.
"Scares you breathless, turns you upside down and inside out, and makes you almost forget at times that your life isn't really in danger." --Los Angeles Times
"Achingly good. . . . James Crumley is one of America's great
undiscovered writers."--The A. V. Club "Drawn with panache.
. . . Like an overbudget western directed by an LSD-addled Raymond
Chandler." --Publishers Weekly "What Raymond Chandler did
for the Los Angeles of the Thirties, James Crumley does for the
roadside West of today." --Harper's
"Crumley can write scenes that are unique to him. He's is the rare writer who uses style, not tricks."--San Jose Mercury News
"If you like your detective fiction tough and tenacious you will love James Crumley. . . . No one does it better."--The Houston Chronicle
"Crumley is one of the finest additions to the private eye genre. . . . [He] brings to his books . . . a knowledge and understanding of the American psyche few writers in any genre have managed." --Buffalo News
"James Crumley is a first-rate American writer. . . . pyrotechnically entertaining, sexy, compassionate." --The Village Voice