|Plot Summary of The Final Country|
Mysterious, Oct 2001, 24.95, 310 pp.
Love had dragged now sixty years old Milo Milodragovich from his Montana home to Texas five years ago, but his relationship with Betty seems ready to tank as he is bored. Milo has invested in the upscale motel of Betty's Uncle Travis Lee and actually runs the related Low Water Crossing Bar and Grill on the Gatlin County line. However, his efforts at becoming a businessman leaves Milo filled with ennui and he returns to his previous work obtaining a Texas private investigative license.
While tracking down a missing woman, Milo watches a black male tear up a roadhouse and kill a drug dealer. Unable to resist, he begins to ask questions about Enos Walker only to become a target of people who want to silence his inquiries. The attempts on his life further fuel Milo's need to know and soon he evades bullets in Texas, Vegas, and Montana even if the aging bones do not quite dodge as quickly as they used to.
THE FINAL COUNTRY is a fantastic private investigative tale that is loaded with numerous twists and turns, which somehow tie back into a taut story line. Milo remains the same irascible and irreverent individual that has starred in several other novels by James Crumley though he is showing his age more and more. The powerful plot is one of the author's best works ever, which says a lot because Mr. Crumley has quite a biography as one of the genre's best over the last twenty-five years.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Final Country|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- drug dealers
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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