The Prisoner of Vandam Street

The Prisoner of Vandam Street Alfred Hitchcock s classic film Rear Window gets an affectionate kick in the butt in this homage from master crime writer philosopher and equal opportunity offender Kinky Friedman It s a case of mal

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  • Title: The Prisoner of Vandam Street
  • Author: Kinky Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780743246026
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alfred Hitchcock s classic film Rear Window gets an affectionate kick in the butt in this homage from master crime writer, philosopher, and equal opportunity offender Kinky Friedman It s a case of malaria versus murder when private dick extraordinaire Kinky Friedman comes down with a tropical disease, in the jungle known as New York City, and is confined to his loft onAlfred Hitchcock s classic film Rear Window gets an affectionate kick in the butt in this homage from master crime writer, philosopher, and equal opportunity offender Kinky Friedman It s a case of malaria versus murder when private dick extraordinaire Kinky Friedman comes down with a tropical disease, in the jungle known as New York City, and is confined to his loft on Vandam Street in lower Manhattan, a prisoner in his own home with only his cat and black puppet head as company neither of whom are great conversationalists With little to do but stare out the window in between bedridden bouts of fever and hallucinations, Kinky calls on assistance from the stalwart Village Irregulars, who proceed to dish out their own uniquely skewed brand of tea and sympathy, turning the loft into a virtual Mardi Gras of confusion and drunken debauchery Suffering almost as much from company overload as from his fever, Kinky welcomes a rare moment of calm as he finds himself once again alone in his loft Resuming his position at the kitchen window, he spots a pretty young woman in an apartment across the street What he hopes might be titillating turns terrifying, however, as a man joins the woman and proceeds to attack her Sure that he s witnessed a crime, Kinky calls in the cops, but, upon investigating his claim, they can find neither a victim nor an apartment across the street In addition, no one else saw or heard anything that would ndicate a crime had taken place Was it foul play or merely a fevered dream Convinced that their friend is about to slip off into the land of eternal slumber, the Village Irregulars increase their vigilance and in the process raise the Kinkster s irritability level to an all time high Not to be deterred, however, Kinky sticks to his story and is rewarded when a few days later he sees the man in the apartment again, but this time with a gun Outrageous, audacious, and ingeniously crafted, The Prisoner of Vandam Street is vintage Kinky irreverent, clever, and full of the hardened philosophy and mordant wit that has earned him a vast and devoted readership But what would you expect from the writer The New York Times has called The world s funniest, bawdiest, and most politically incorrect country music singer turned mystery writer

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    1. I read the first 70 pages in a half hour but then it took me what felt like two years to read the rest. In actuality, it became demoted to "beach read," which means I only picked it up for 5-10 minutes after I got out of the water to kill some time while I dried off. Friedman is a poor man's Tom Robbins, which is saying something from me, because I don't even like Tom Robbins. He wants to be Kurt Vonnegut, but he can't even piss near the flies circling that corpse. He sucks big time.Still gonna [...]

    2. Way too much time spent on the exhausting look-at-me-I-am-trying-so-damn-hard-to-be-funny dialogues. It is as if the author tried to mask the crappy plot and clumsy storytelling with a shower of jokes. It worked at times, but in the end you just felt a tiny bit cheated.

    3. One of the last in the Kinky Friedman series. At first I could not figure out the the purpose of the investigation that much. Kinky (after having contracted Malaria and being confined to his loft) witnesses an episode of severe domestic assault. No one believes him, not even the police, he becomes obsessed with the victim and trying to prove she does exist and that he did witness what he witnessed. The end however, maybe up for the lack of pointed purpose that was missing in the last half for me [...]

    4. Maybe a 2.5. My stepdad gave me this book ages ago. I'd never read Friedman and he certainly knows how to create an amusing turn of phrase, but the story didn't interest me all that much and the whole potty-talk humor thing doesn't do it for me.

    5. I have a soft spot for this book because the character is stuck in his apartment. It may seem boring or slow to some people but I loved it. Kinky always has a sharp tongue and interesting insights no matter where his characters are or what they are doing.

    6. If I had read this before I read Jesus, Elvis & Coca-Cola, would I rate it higher? When you have eliminated the impossible, Watson, whatever is left, however improbable, must be the truth.

    7. Strange. At first it was a chore to keep plugging. Then it caught me. I did enjoy the quirky crazy characters. But overall, not a book I'll remember long.

    8. A good-but-not-great effort from The Kinkster; would seem relatively better if he hadn't put far superior stuff into his other books.

    9. Too many characters with not enough to do in this one-flat novel. A good setting, and I like Friedman's style of writing, although this time, he keeps repeating himself.

    10. Started to read like Rear Window or that episode of Castle that paid homage to Rear Window. VERY disappointing ending though.

    11. This is not as exciting as Kinky's other wacky mysteries. He tries to put a "Rear Window" spin on the action, but doesn't keep the plot compelling. Instead, read "Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned."

    12. Real Cool Mystery Book.Kinky has a different and unique voice and style.I'm definitely going to check out some of his other works this year.

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