In The Right Madness, Sughrue’s close friend, psychiatrist Will MacKinderick, begs him to track down stolen confidential psychoanalysis files—he suspects one of his patients is the culprit. Going against every last instinct, Sughrue agrees to take on the case—a $20,000 retainer is always hard to resist. And when the suspects start dying of violently unnatural causes, Sughrue—fueled by alcohol, drugs, and lurid sexual entanglements—finds himself struggling to stay ahead of the madness unfolding around him.
Before Pelecanos, Connelly, and Lehane, there was Crumley and, with The Right Madness, he shows us once again how he put the "hard" in "hard-boiled."
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As it turns out, this gig turns into an equally booze-drenched, drug fueled, sex-propelled exercise, during which Sughrue gets to beat up and blow away diverse members of the species he views so dimly, and at whose end the reader will be hard pressed to unknot a cat’s cradle of plot lines.| Read Full Review of The Right Madness
In his classic 1976 romp, ''I Hear America Swinging,'' Peter De Vries conjured an Iowa whose rustic farmers had taken to affecting mint-flavored toothpicks, dipping into Ecclesiastes for its sheer aphoristic style and sipping vermouth cassis while making brittle conversation along the lines of, '...May 08 2005 | Read Full Review of The Right Madness
But no one who knows Mac believes he took his own life: not Sughrue, not Mac's new, young unbalanced wife, and not Mac's four other ex wives -- another fact that Sughrue didn't have a clue about.| Read Full Review of The Right Madness
I never start a James Crumley book late in the afternoon because I know if I do I'll never get any sleep.| Read Full Review of The Right Madness
In fact, this one is so well done that parts of it remind me of a mystery he wrote years ago called The Last Good Kiss, an effort so overwhelmingly well-constructed that it is considered by many including myself to be one of the finest novels ever written regardless of genre.Apr 24 2007 | Read Full Review of The Right Madness
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