Runoff Blurb from James CrumleyAs you might guess from this picture of my collection of the first editions of James Crumley's first four novels:
And this scan of his inscription on the fly leaf of my copy of One to Count Cadence:
I'm a tremendous fan of his.
I'm not alone in this. Writers such as Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and George Pelecanos have all been influenced by his writing, particularly the seminal Last Good Kiss and its famous opening line:
When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonora, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.I am more partial to the Milo Milodragovitch books, The Wrong Case and Dancing Bear among them, but that is a personal quirk and in no way lessens my admiration for the C.W. Sughrue books (including The Last Good Kiss) and the writing within them.
With all this as a preamble, it won't come as any surprise that I was thrilled to bits when I got an e-mail from Crumley with the first blurb I've received for my forthcoming novel Runoff:
Runoff by Mark Coggins is a smart, funny, spooky ... often touching, always entertaining romp through ... San Francisco's highways, byways, and alleys of corruption. (Hammett eat your hat and laugh.) It's great fun and a must read.