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Kinky Friedman is a Jewish Texan country-and-western singer tunred Greenwich Village amateur detective, with a collection of smelly cigars, a cat, and two former--but simultaneous--girlfriends named Judy. Shortly after the possibly suspicious death of one of his closest friends, Kinky finds himself short one Judy, as Uptown Judy vanishes under mysterious circumstances. Bef Kinky Friedman is a Jewish Texan country-and-western singer tunred Greenwich Village amateur detective, with a collection of smelly cigars, a cat, and two former--but simultaneous--girlfriends named Judy. Shortly after the possibly suspicious death of one of his closest friends, Kinky finds himself short one Judy, as Uptown Judy vanishes under mysterious circumstances. Before long, the death and the disappearance seem to be connected, along with Elvis impersonators, a missing documentary film, and a five-year-old mob murder. It'll take the Kinkster, with an assist from the Village Irregulars and Downtown Judy, to wrap this case like a New York Tex-Mex, decidedly nonkosher burrito. "Kinky is a hip hybrid of Groucho Marx and Sam Spade."--Chicago Tribune


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Kinky Friedman is a Jewish Texan country-and-western singer tunred Greenwich Village amateur detective, with a collection of smelly cigars, a cat, and two former--but simultaneous--girlfriends named Judy. Shortly after the possibly suspicious death of one of his closest friends, Kinky finds himself short one Judy, as Uptown Judy vanishes under mysterious circumstances. Bef Kinky Friedman is a Jewish Texan country-and-western singer tunred Greenwich Village amateur detective, with a collection of smelly cigars, a cat, and two former--but simultaneous--girlfriends named Judy. Shortly after the possibly suspicious death of one of his closest friends, Kinky finds himself short one Judy, as Uptown Judy vanishes under mysterious circumstances. Before long, the death and the disappearance seem to be connected, along with Elvis impersonators, a missing documentary film, and a five-year-old mob murder. It'll take the Kinkster, with an assist from the Village Irregulars and Downtown Judy, to wrap this case like a New York Tex-Mex, decidedly nonkosher burrito. "Kinky is a hip hybrid of Groucho Marx and Sam Spade."--Chicago Tribune

30 review for Elvis, Jesus, and Coca-Cola

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angus McKeogh

    Jesus Christ! Shalom! Whatever! Kinky Friedman by some weird cosmic coincidence is one of the best writers on the planet. He of course gets no accolades because he writes humorous mystery fiction for the most part. But his insights, compassion, and humanity come bleeding out of his books without arrogance. It’s uncanny how much emotion these little books house. And the story is interesting, unique, and entertaining too. Just a great read. As an aside, the short epilogue to his cat at the end gut Jesus Christ! Shalom! Whatever! Kinky Friedman by some weird cosmic coincidence is one of the best writers on the planet. He of course gets no accolades because he writes humorous mystery fiction for the most part. But his insights, compassion, and humanity come bleeding out of his books without arrogance. It’s uncanny how much emotion these little books house. And the story is interesting, unique, and entertaining too. Just a great read. As an aside, the short epilogue to his cat at the end gutted me emotionally, or maybe I’m just a pushover; anyway, I need to read another one of these sooner rather than later.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dagny

    The Kinkster seems to be getting raunchier as the series progresses, but the hilarity continues. This one has an exceptionally entertaining mystery as a bonus.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    I pretty much all of Friedman but this is one of my favorites, probably because of the title. Does it not sum up America? It could sort of be a mantra for me, kind of a Gregorian cha-cha-chant. And the cover is cool. And he's funny. And he lives in an area I know well (the character). And I stood next to him on the street once (the author), hat & all. Boy is he big. There have been times when Kinky's all that's helped me through the night. I pretty much all of Friedman but this is one of my favorites, probably because of the title. Does it not sum up America? It could sort of be a mantra for me, kind of a Gregorian cha-cha-chant. And the cover is cool. And he's funny. And he lives in an area I know well (the character). And I stood next to him on the street once (the author), hat & all. Boy is he big. There have been times when Kinky's all that's helped me through the night.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Frederick

    The titles of Kinky Friedman's books are always funny. This one goes beyond being funny. It captures an unmistakable something about the heartland. It's the real thing! The titles of Kinky Friedman's books are always funny. This one goes beyond being funny. It captures an unmistakable something about the heartland. It's the real thing!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diener

    Funny. Well-written. Kinky is a gifted writer who is probably overlooked by snobby intellectuals because he is so silly. That's the snobs' loss, though. Funny. Well-written. Kinky is a gifted writer who is probably overlooked by snobby intellectuals because he is so silly. That's the snobs' loss, though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nooilforpacifists

    More than a bit contrived, but otherwise a typical Kinky Friedman mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I first heard of Kinky Friedman as a musician when I was living in Texas for part of High School. I didn’t know until much later that he wrote detective novels, and when I saw one on sale in the bargain bin, I decided to give it a try. Highly irreverent, these books are not for those easily offended. They are whimsical and funny, with mystery plots that keep you fully entertained. These books haven’t shaken the foundations of the Western Canon with their profundity, but they never aspired to do I first heard of Kinky Friedman as a musician when I was living in Texas for part of High School. I didn’t know until much later that he wrote detective novels, and when I saw one on sale in the bargain bin, I decided to give it a try. Highly irreverent, these books are not for those easily offended. They are whimsical and funny, with mystery plots that keep you fully entertained. These books haven’t shaken the foundations of the Western Canon with their profundity, but they never aspired to do so in the first place and there’s more social criticism in his books than in most pop culture manifestations. They’re fun and they’re perfectly content with that. Perfect Summer reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Oriyah Nitkin

    Eh. I found the main character to be extremely unlikable and particularly irritating. The mystery aspect of the book was decent, but not particularly amazing. Elvis was the best part.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    (read along with When the Cat's Away.) These are annoying but entertaining little crime novels by Kinky, starring Kinky as himself. They can be funny, and I enjoy the Texas similes and the fact that a guy who writes novels about himself drinking incessantly, smoking countless cigars, and doing coke on occasion, could make a semi-serious run for governor of Texas! Both books were exactly the same but with different plots. Probably, overall, not worth reading. (read along with When the Cat's Away.) These are annoying but entertaining little crime novels by Kinky, starring Kinky as himself. They can be funny, and I enjoy the Texas similes and the fact that a guy who writes novels about himself drinking incessantly, smoking countless cigars, and doing coke on occasion, could make a semi-serious run for governor of Texas! Both books were exactly the same but with different plots. Probably, overall, not worth reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Slarson6

    Mystery from the man who founded "Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys", who ran for the governor of Texas under the slogan, "how hard can it be", we are taken into the slightly bent world of part-time detective Kinky "Big Dick" Freidman. His observations of his cat, his lesbian dance instructor neighbor and the "Vandom Street Irregulars" woven within crime solving makes each book hard to put down. Social observations through out this crazy crime book. A lot of fun! Mystery from the man who founded "Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys", who ran for the governor of Texas under the slogan, "how hard can it be", we are taken into the slightly bent world of part-time detective Kinky "Big Dick" Freidman. His observations of his cat, his lesbian dance instructor neighbor and the "Vandom Street Irregulars" woven within crime solving makes each book hard to put down. Social observations through out this crazy crime book. A lot of fun!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Wow - what a funny story! There's a non-talking cat, a missing Elvis Impersonator film, and a few dead people... the Village Irregulars are on the case - and Kinky Friedman paves the way for calamity, sleuthing, and not a few alcoholic beverages. If you're looking for enlightenment, laughs, and avoidably a few groans - this is the book for you! Wow - what a funny story! There's a non-talking cat, a missing Elvis Impersonator film, and a few dead people... the Village Irregulars are on the case - and Kinky Friedman paves the way for calamity, sleuthing, and not a few alcoholic beverages. If you're looking for enlightenment, laughs, and avoidably a few groans - this is the book for you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jordan McPeek

    Dragged this one around for years. Finally got around to pulling it off the shelf. Enjoyed some of the one-liners but never really got into the plot or the characters. To be fair, I hardly seem to read anymore, playing with the phone during my commute instead. So I read this book over a period of several months.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matt Riggs

    The plot was serviceable, but the characters were interchangeable, and the writing style was trying so hard to be hip and funny that it felt like a labor to read it. For example, the first sentence of chapter 9 is: "I was one clean shirt away from hanging myself from the shower rod." The writing did get easier to read as the story progressed, but overall: meh. The plot was serviceable, but the characters were interchangeable, and the writing style was trying so hard to be hip and funny that it felt like a labor to read it. For example, the first sentence of chapter 9 is: "I was one clean shirt away from hanging myself from the shower rod." The writing did get easier to read as the story progressed, but overall: meh.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Federico

    This book is a book of atmospheres and street cirners. Even if there are not many descriptions (thanks gods), Kinky Friedman succeeds in making you live in NY, a NY more degraded and dirty than nowadays NY but a lot of time more interesting. Being a cat lover, then, the epilogue made me shed some tears

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel C

    I read this for bookclub. It was an easy read, however I don't care for this Texas author. His writing style is very off-putting to women. I assume he is a male chauvinist by the way he wrote the book. Otherwise, I might have enjoyed his dry sense of humor. I read this for bookclub. It was an easy read, however I don't care for this Texas author. His writing style is very off-putting to women. I assume he is a male chauvinist by the way he wrote the book. Otherwise, I might have enjoyed his dry sense of humor.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andy Mascola

    Imagine a Lebowski-like detective except instead of smoking weed & drinking White Russians, Kinky’s exaggerated version of himself smokes cigars & drinks Jameson from a bull horn. Full of humor & fun characters, liked it a lot.‬

  17. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    who told him he could write?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Only reading this because Willie Nelson told me to. The best thing about this book is its title - mostly unreadable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Mystery at its lowest. It was okay, but I am jettisoning this flotsam to eBay.

  20. 5 out of 5

    James

    I just thought of this book because we will be cooking ham with Coca-Cola for ham & havarti sandwiches this afternoon (see our Nueva Receta blog for details), and we therefore have the unusual situation of Coca-Cola in the house. Looking it up, I noticed it was published August 1, 1994, just a few weeks after our arrival for what would be three years in Texas. My high rating is based on my clear recollection of laughing out-loud throughout the book, finding it full of nice Texas details, and for I just thought of this book because we will be cooking ham with Coca-Cola for ham & havarti sandwiches this afternoon (see our Nueva Receta blog for details), and we therefore have the unusual situation of Coca-Cola in the house. Looking it up, I noticed it was published August 1, 1994, just a few weeks after our arrival for what would be three years in Texas. My high rating is based on my clear recollection of laughing out-loud throughout the book, finding it full of nice Texas details, and for a line about Richard Nixon that stays with me over 20 years after reading it. Friedman's writing is a lot like that of Carl Hiaasen, except that Kinky puts his own alter-ego into the stories. He is an enigma, the perennial gadfly of Texas politics. I have only been in a room with him once -- when he played at The Narrows in Fall River in June 2012; he has apparently been back several times. His people still introduce him as "the Governor" even though his one run for the office was far from successful. Bottom line: read this if you are in the mood for a very irreverent escape.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    My grandpa has been in the habit of giving me books that he doesn't want anymore whenever he comes to visit. He'll usually tell me that I can just resell them, or exchange them for other books. Well, Grandpa, if you expect me to give away a book written by a man named "Kinky Friedman" without reading it first, you are sorely mistaken. My grandpa has been in the habit of giving me books that he doesn't want anymore whenever he comes to visit. He'll usually tell me that I can just resell them, or exchange them for other books. Well, Grandpa, if you expect me to give away a book written by a man named "Kinky Friedman" without reading it first, you are sorely mistaken.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leonore

    No socially redeeming value, pure distraction and entertainment. I have read several of Kinky's books, they are fun reads. This one, like the others, is a light detective novel, murder mystery, kind of funny. I have become attached to the characters of Kinky and Ratso, so that part keeps me going back for more. No socially redeeming value, pure distraction and entertainment. I have read several of Kinky's books, they are fun reads. This one, like the others, is a light detective novel, murder mystery, kind of funny. I have become attached to the characters of Kinky and Ratso, so that part keeps me going back for more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Irreverent is the only way to describe this book. The mystery was solid and it was witty, but the tone was not for me. My favorite part of the entire book was a two page section at the back, where there was a beautiful obituary to Mr. Friedman’s real cat.

  24. 5 out of 5

    BMWA

    Good old fashioned who dunnit. Does exactly what it says on the tin. The characters were eccentric and likable, especially the cat. A story well told, won't challenge for prizes, but that's not the point. A good, harmless bit of fun and escapism. Will read more by The Kinkster Good old fashioned who dunnit. Does exactly what it says on the tin. The characters were eccentric and likable, especially the cat. A story well told, won't challenge for prizes, but that's not the point. A good, harmless bit of fun and escapism. Will read more by The Kinkster

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    A quick and easy read. Nothing too deep. A fun read, but I can easily see where some women would be put off by Friedman's irreverent, sexist attitude toward women. But, then he is irreverent about nearly everything.. A quick and easy read. Nothing too deep. A fun read, but I can easily see where some women would be put off by Friedman's irreverent, sexist attitude toward women. But, then he is irreverent about nearly everything..

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lee

    fun, in kind of noir pop cult kind of way. Like a beat poet, jazz man and a comic got into bed together.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bertina

    Great Funny Story

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Hilarious!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ernest Hogan

    The Kinkster's Texas Jewboy wisdom cheers me up in these viral times. The Kinkster's Texas Jewboy wisdom cheers me up in these viral times.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian Beatty

    As Kinky as you'd expect. As Kinky as you'd expect.

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