- Title: The Right Madness
- Author: James Crumley
- ISBN: 9780143037309
- Page: 368
- Format: Paperback
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James Crumley is one of the most revered practitioners of post Chandler crime fiction, praised by the likes of Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly as a major influence C W Sughrue is Crumley s most indelible creation Now Sughrue is back, in a searing thrill ride of a novel that has the seen it all Montana private eye trying to find out which of a small town shrink s bizJames Crumley is one of the most revered practitioners of post Chandler crime fiction, praised by the likes of Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly as a major influence C W Sughrue is Crumley s most indelible creation Now Sughrue is back, in a searing thrill ride of a novel that has the seen it all Montana private eye trying to find out which of a small town shrink s bizarre patients has made off with some highly confidential files Fast paced, brutal, melancholy, and ruefully funny, The Right Madness is Crumley at his uncompromising best.
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"I'll give him this: he didn't faint when I jerked the pen out of his forearm, poured vodka into the wound, stuffed cotton balls into the hole, then, for the final touch, tied it down with a pair of Lorna's thong panties."That's kind of how this novel goes, with its meandering, at times hallucinogenic plot full of booze, violence, sex and healing old wounds. If you've read any of James Crumley's novels before this one then you'll know what you're getting into. If you have not, then I'm not sure [...]
I'm so glad I gave Crumley another chance as a writer. There are some readers who believe that he should be lauded as one of the absolute greatest crime writers of the century & now I officially join their ranks. This contains layer after brilliantly-crafted layer of plot, action, and intrigue. No character can be discounted, anyone could say a small piece at page 100 & show up at the end as a linchpin that the whole book hangs on. Since Crumley is deceased, I have to parcel out his book [...]
Crumley is a guilty pleasure for me, so it was great to catch this last one of six featuring one or both of his detective leads. Here rural Montana detective C.W. Sughrue takes on a psychiatrist friend�s case of robbery of his case files, but one by one the patient suspects he shadows tend to die from murder or suspicious suicides. To solve the case, he has to go far afield to distant sites and get information out of people with creative and dangerous strategies. His writing has been pegged as [...]
Splendido, – fece lei. – Siamo solo lei e io, signor Chauncey Wayne Sughrue. - Puoi chiamarmi C. W – dissi. - E tu puoi chiamarmi quando vuoi.Il vecchio Sughrue è sull' orlo di un nuovo divorzio. Con nessun altro vero impegno che il campionato di softball per ultra cinquantenni Over Fifty League, la chiamavano. Old Farts Softball, dicevamo noi: roba per vecchi scoreggioni.Notte pericolosa, Sughrue, – aggiunse con un risolino. – Che ti va di fare? Sarà il caso di sfidarlo, questo peri [...]
Maybe I missed something because I've read several interviews with crime writers where they have cited Crumley as one of the best. Maybe I started with the wrong book (which I believe was his last). I found the plot almost incomprehensible. I never did figure out the antagonist's angle. The characters were not fully fleshed out. And there were things that just didn't make sense. I'm a fast reader, so I might have read it too quickly. Even so, I'm not sure I'd try another Crumley.
Amazing, dark, incredibly violent but with a humanity to it to gives it depth and wrings your heart the way so many noir writers simply fail to do. And you can't put it downCrumley is one of my favourite writers. But not someone to read when you need cheering up, which I did.
Great writing. Great atmosphere. Great lines. Proves the hardboiled genre works just as well in wide open west as it does in urban grit and noir. Moving on to The Last Good Kiss soon
All over the place, no consistency in characters
I have finished the book am not sure of what I have read.
This was my first experience with a Crumley mystery. The surname is not an indicator; he writes well and creates a believable detective who struggles with sobriety as well as his cases. One can't help but wonder if Crumley fights the same battle to finish each book. Unfortunately, he must have lost somewhere during the writing process. What starts out as a trip into the hero's own past veers madly into an acid flashback of a denouement that will only leave the more sober amongst us shaking their [...]
I would have given the 3.5 stars if I could. Another great CW Sughrue PI extrtavaganza liberally soaked in alcohol, drugs, guns, blood, violence and of course Western road trips, but somehow the twinkle in the author's eye comes through it all. The late great Montanian, James Crumley always gives the sense that he is thoroughly enjoying his literary creation so the reader cannot fail to have a great time. There are plot twists and turns almost too numerous to keep track of, and throw away one li [...]
Been a big fan of Crumley's for years - the combination of a very gifted writer and some remarkably twisted characters and plots is pretty rare. But.4 stars for this is maybe more generous than I might have been did I not know the body of his work. Severely, deeply, unimaginably twisted - the plot is secondary to his explorations of the characters, but even so, the psychedelic haze of the characters spreads through the narrative, and one has to surmise, in and out of and around the author as wel [...]
This is definitely a guy's book. It is raw, brutal, and rough. CW Sughrue is a private investigator with a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He is asked by his best friend, Dr. Will MacKindrick, to find out who stole the tapes of his patient's sessions from his office. CW begins to look into the case when first, the wife of one of Mac's patients dies and then his patients begin to die in very brutal ways. When Mac himself disappears, CW is left to try to find out who is behind the murders, try [...]
A C.W. Sughrue hardboiled detective outing. Sughrue has not let middle-age slow him down much. He still drinks too much and dabbles in drugs, and his marriage has problems. He reluctantly agrees to look for a thief among his shrink best friend's clientele. Multiple murders and brutal violence soon follow as Sughrue digs deeper into the case. Crumley is a cult author whose writing is often brilliant and compelling---"The Last Good Kiss" (Sughrue's first appearance) was one of the best mysteries I [...]
As a mystery fan it's essential to 'suspend disbelief' as much as possible - however, this book pushed those boundaries to their limit. The plot seemed to move from scenario to another, multiple characters some of whose relevance was to the story was tangential at best, and an incredulous ending. However, one of the reviewers compared to Crumley's writing to Hunter Thompson's if he wrote mysteries and that is true. CW, the nominal detective would fit in perfectly in Thompson's world and he has a [...]
I almost took this off the list because I read it a month ago and didn’t remember the story. I read a review and remembered what it was that moved me to put it on the list in the first place. Crumley’s books aren’t really about the plot, as he tends to get carried away and lets things circle back onto each other until the reader is left scratching his head. Doesn’t matter. Crumley’s plots are primarily scaffolds on which to hang the characters, dialog, and writing, all three of which a [...]
I don't think it's a good idea to read two crime novels (by two different authors: Crumley and Dennis Lehane) back-to-back. Their writing styles are somewhat similar and at times I had to remind myself that I wasn't reading Lehane's Moonlight Mile. In the end, however, "The Right Madness" was way too graphic for my tastes (when in doubt, shoot someone). Its story line was confusing and extremely difficult to follow
I love Crumley books - great writing, messed up characters, living in the gray borders of good and evil. But, this plot was hard to follow. I caught myself going back over and over to figure out just what was going on in the last half. Just peek at reviews to see an average of 3 stars - tells you something.Try the earlier Crumley/Sughrue books like "Dancing Bear" and "The Wrong Case". Much better.
The Last Kiss Goodnight is the treasure of the Sughrue books, but The Right Madness is an excellent conclusion to the 4 book series. Written in 1978, 1993, 1996, and 2005 the character ages and changes (mirroring changes in the author's life/behavior ?). Classic hard living road detective novels. This is the second best and an excellent send off of the Sughrue character.
CW Shughrue, the hard drinking, hard drugging detective from Dancing Bear and The Last Good Kiss is back. His best friend is a psychiatrist who hires him to track down who stole his patient's file. Violent, Noir. Interesting story. Not as good as his early works, but better than the last couple.
The private investigator is way, way too screwed up for me to enjoy another in the series. I am pretty sure this is not the first in the series, but I don't care to read the others. Too much booze, beer, pot, and harder drugs. Too much melancholy - I know the private eye has to be a tortured soul, but by the end, I didn't care.
Unfortunately, this book just doesn't live up to the rest of Crumley's work. While sparks of the author's skill show up here and there, the plot is simply too complex, with far too many characters introduced, then not linked back into the story line until much later - at which point you find it hard to remember who they were and why they are involved in the story to begin with.
I didn't realize when I was reading this that Crumley was dying at the same time in Missoula. Right Madness is a real return to form after the cartoonish Final County. So sad he's gone but good that he went out on top. Recommended to any hardboiled detective fiction lover. And, anyone, if you haven't read it, go read The Last Good Kiss. Now.
His last, perhaps not his best, but I just gotta say, you NEED to reading everything by Crumley if you are a fan of hardboiled detective fiction! A Montana-based detective who drinks too much, has an unseemly drug habit for a middle-aged man and seems to be beat up regularly is a very satisfying read.
I had a wonderful spring rediscovering the late James Crumley and his wonderfully flawed private eyes C.W. Sughrue and Milo. The mysteries are solid but take a backseat to the distinctive characters who inhabit the forbidding underworld of the west and southwest. These are folks who make you smile and wince and stay with you forever. Read them all.
The second Crumley novel I've read to date. The hard-boiled detective prose is brilliant and the Western angle is a welcome change of pace from the usual LA/NYC locale, but the guy's plotting and situations are just too far out there. It's entertaining for sure, but lacks any sense of subtlety or realism.
I'm not usually much for murder mysteries but this one is just down right good, pretty well written and a total page turner once you start. Sughrue comes across cool and touch. The end gets a bit windy and complex
I picked this up, having been teased by the idea of a private eye in Montana. You get a mountain of Missoula in this detective novel that's perfect for an airplane ride but also a smattering of Seattle, an enchilada of El Paso and a smattering of Scotland. Lots of bodies, more blood and guts.
I was all excited about this going inI read about James Crumley unique crime writing style and his comparisons to Hunter S. Thompson. There were some cool elements, but overall it was disappointing. Just too over-the-top and hard to follow.
Nowhere near as good as Last Good Kiss, only got half way, crap characterization, Jeff Bridges playing at Spenser and not getting there. Totally unlikable.
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