His latest assignment--to track down the birth parents of his freeloader friend Ratso--proves to be no small task, but Kinky's resentment turns to mourning when Ratso turns up dead. The trail of clues leads Kinky from downtown Manhattan to an escape on the Hudson, where a medicine chest yields the tragic truth.
The eighth in Friedman's series of detective stories featuring the Kinkster--that is himself--sports yet another distinctive title in a series that includes the memorable likes of Armadillos & Old Lace (1994) and Elvis, Jesus, & Coca-Cola (1993). This time, our hero reluctantly takes on a case that involves finding the birth mother of Ratso, the "weather-beaten Dr. Watson to [Kinky's] postnasal Sherlock Holmes" --a case that unsurprisingly turns out to be a lot more dangerous than it first seems. A possible inheritance is involved, and Ratso's curiosity about his origins almost costs him his life and the lives of Kinky and a few of his drinking buddies. As usual, there are plenty of occasions for Kinky to pronounce on just about anything--for instance, "A great deal of good for the advancement of mankind has been accomplished between circumcision, when they cut off the tip of your dick, to crucifixion, where they throw the whole Jew away." Now, that's an aside! --Benjamin Segedin
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Publisher's Weekly Review
Continuing his series of Kinky Friedman mysteries, the off-beat author has his equally off-beat alter-ego attempting to track down the birth parents of an old friend. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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School Library Journal Review
YAKinky Friedman, perhaps the only mystery writer who uses his own name for that of his fictional detective, is hired to find the birth mother of his friend Ratso (a.k.a. Larry Sloman). Among the obstacles in solving the case are the fact that Ratso doesn't tell him all he knows (including the death of a previous investigator) and that he brings yet another sleuth on to the case due to Friedman's lack of a P.I. license. Set in New York and Florida, God Bless John Wayne is an entertaining romp of a mystery. The pace is good and the characters are lively.Clodagh Lee, Chantilly Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Kinky Friedman is the author of twelve novels, including Blast from the Past, Road Kill, The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover, God Bless, John Wayne, Armadillos & Old Lace; and Elvis, Jesus and Coca Cola. He lives in a little green trailer in a little green valley deep in the heart of Texas. (Publisher Provided) Author, singer, and songwriter Kinky Friedman was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 31, 1944. He grew up on a ranch in central Texas and received a B. A. in Psychology and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966. After graduation, he severed two years with the Peace Corps in Borneo. In the early 1970's, he formed a country and western band called The Texas Jewboys. His music mixed social commentary with humor and dealt with topics such as racism and anti-Semitism. He reached cult status and was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in October 1976. After his music career ended in the 1980's, he started writing detective novels featuring a fictionalized version of himself solving crimes in New York City. Since April 2001, he has been a regular columnist for Texas Monthly magazine, but stopped in March 2005 due to his campaign bid for governor of Texas. He founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, whose mission is to care for stray, abused, and aging animals. He currenlty lives at Echo Hill Ranch which is located near Kerrville, Texas. In 2012, Kinky Friedman partnered up with Willie Nelson to write Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road which became a New York Times Best Seller. (Bowker Author Biography)