"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

James Crumley (1939-2008)

James Crumley, one of the most original voices in crime fiction, has died. Crumley, author of The Last Good Kiss (which boasts the greatest opening line ever written), passed away at a Missoula, Montana hospital yesterday. He was 68 years old.

The Mexican Tree Duck (1993) won the Dashiell Hammett Award for Best Literary Crime Novel. His most recent novel was The Right Madness (2005). Though he only published eleven novels during his career, Crumley leaves behind an amazing and important body of work.

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