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James Crumley

Born: Oct 12, 1939

Death: Sep 17, 2008

Birthplace: Three Rivers

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

James Crumley

Date of Birth : Oct 12, 1939
Date of Death : Sep 17, 2008
Birth Place : Three Rivers

James Arthur Crumley was the author of violent hardboiled crime novels and several volumes of short stories and essays, as well as published and unpublished screenplays. He has been described as "one of modern crime writing's best practitioners", who was "a patron saint of the post-Vietnam private eye novel" and a cross between Raymond Chandler and Hunter S. Thompson. His book The Last Good Kiss has been described as "the most influential crime novel of the last 50 years." Crumley had a cult following, and his work is said to have inspired a generation of crime writers in both the U.S. and the U.K, including Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane and Craig McDonald, as well as writers from other genres such as Neal Stephenson, but he never achieved mainstream success. "Don't know why that is," Crumley said in an interview in 2001, "Other writers like me a lot. But up until about 10 to 12 years ago, I made more money in France and Japan than in America. I guess I just don't fit in anyplace" in the genre book marketplace."


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Author

Also known as

  • James Arthur Crumley


  • Judith Ramey
  • Bronwyn Pughe

Awards Won

  • Hammett Prize
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