Kinky Friedman

Created By Kinky Friedman

"Kinky is the best whodunit writer to come along
since Dashiell what's-his-name."

-- noted literary critic Willie Nelson, in Mystery Scene #41

The former Texas Jewboy, and tongue-in-cheek country singer was reborn as tongue-in-cheek Greenwich Village private eye KINKY FRIEDMAN in this tongue-in-cheek detective series. That's an awful lot of tongues in an awful lot of cheeks, you betcha! Aiding the fictional Kinky, who fancies himself a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, is a wide assortment of colourful (and often dysfunctional) friends, whom he dubs his "Village Irregulars."

Not a bad series but not an important one, either; full of raunchy in-in-jokes about show biz, music, New York, publishing, etc. And Kinky revels in his politically incorrect status, as do his countless fans. Sure, he's definitely an aquired taste, and the Kinkster may not be for everyone (and sometimes, perhaps in his most unfiltered moments, not for anyone), but that's a large part of his charm.

Kinky Friedman happens to share his name with his creator, who happens to be a former Texas Jewboy and tongue-in-cheek country singer who was reborn as a tongue-in-cheek Greenwich Village private eye writer. Just coincidence, of course.

The last book in the series, the eighteenth, Ten Little New Yorkers, a gentle swipe at Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, was published in 2005. The next year, Kinky ran for governor of Texas. He didn't win.

Since then he's scribbled a few standalones, and resumed his music career.

UNDER OATH

  • "Along the way, we are treated to too many lesbian jokes, cute asides about cats, double-entendre dialogue that annoys rather than entertains and a plot so thin you could slip it under the door. "

-- reviewer Charles Salzberg on Spanking Watson

  • "I think Kinky Freidman owes a lot to Richard Prather's style, as seen in the Shell Scott books."

-- Cathy Tacinelli

  • "I haven't thrown away many books in my life. I've given lots away and got rid of plenty to second hand book stores, but actually thrown away, as in cast aloft on the air, well that's a select few... (One of them) was Kinky Friedman's late 1990s novel Spanking Watson, a wafer-thin detective story I read while on a European tour. It wasn't loathesome, I just suddenly had had enough of Kinky's interminable bon mots, repeated puns and cosy little homilies about life, America and the trials of being a Texan Jewish cowboy. I rolled down the window of the car I was in and flung the book onto the streets of Hamburg with nary another thought...
    (But) I like Kinky. He's a character and the world needs more characters... And 'cos I like America, and Kinky's writing is so America-centric it takes me there (but) the effect is like eating a chocolate with too many nuts in it. After a while you realise there are more nuts than there is chocolate and you begin to feel sick."

-- Mike Scott of The Waterboys

NOVELS

FILMS

  • A CASE OF LONE STAR
    Based on the novel by Kinky Friedman
    Executive Producer: Tarquin Gotch (Home Alone)
    Starring Kinky Friedman as KINKY FRIEDMAN
    Also starring Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, John Candy (not any more!), Ruth Buzzi, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan

Relax, you didn't miss this one. It seems to have been lost in development hell somewhere. Or maybe it never even got that far. Maybe it was just a cyber-rumour. Or simply a pipedream of Kinky's... Anyway, supposedly Kinky and Willie would sing a duet of "Cowboys are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other" and all of Bob Dylan's dialogue would be subtitled.

RELATED LINKS

The official web site of the Kinkster, where you can read about Kinky, his books, his music and his pet causes. And his pets. And his campaign for Texas governor in 2006? Why the hell not? Also available: the Kinky Friedman Talking Action Figure (pictured above).

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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