- Tapa blanda: 292 páginas
- Editor: St. Martins Press-3PL; Edición: Second ed. (7 de febrero de 2036)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0312315856
- ISBN-13: 978-0312315856
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The Fourth Durango (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ene 1900
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"A suspense story laced with wry wit. ... Thomas builds suspense and character almost casually, once again proving himself a master of the crime thriller." - Publishers Weekly "A new Ross Thomas turns me back into a reader who forgets what day it is." - The Cincinnati Enquirer "An entertaining book that can be pleasantly devoured in a sitting or returned to in satisfied anticipation." - Los Angeles Times "We already know how witty Mr. Thomas can be about entrepreneurial greed and political chicanery... But Durango is a revelation. ... Give us a road map and a passport." - The New York Times "There is no one like Ross Thomas...a master of the arabesques of storytelling." - The Washington Post
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Providing protection to a former state supreme court justice who has been framed for bribery, the California Fourth Durango team is up to their eyeballs in trouble when the judge's history clashes with that of Durango's.Ver Descripción del producto
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The Fourth Durango, published in 1989, was one of Thomas' last contributions to his many fans. As in nearly all his other novels, the characters are entirely new. Unlike most successful mystery writers, Ross Thomas didn't make things easy on himself by adopting a formula and a fixed cast of characters in a series. (However, there are a few who appear in more than one novel, including Cyril "Mac" McCorkle and Michael Padillo, who own a pub together and become involved in nefarious activities involving spies and a mysterious government agency; con men Artie Wu and Quincy Durant, and Washington lawyer Howard Mott.)
In The Fourth Durango, disbarred attorney Kelly Vines reunites with his friend Jack Adair, formerly chief justice of the supreme court of an unnamed state who is leaving behind a stretch in the federal maximum-security penitentiary near Lompoc, California. Jack had been convicted on the bogus grounds of tax evasion because the feds couldn't prove a bribery charge. Now, someone is trying to kill him for reasons unknown. Kelly spirits him off to the nearby town of Durango, California, "the city that God forgot." (It's the fourth Durango because it isn't any of the ones in Mexico, Colorado, or Spain.) There, Kelly and Jack seek help from the beauteous Mayor B. D. Huckins and her boyfriend, Chief of Police Sid Fork. The two are delighted to hide the pair away indefinitely for a considerable cash consideration. Skullduggery of the highest order is afoot. In fact, hiding away fugitives is the town's major industry and provides the revenue to keep open the schools and the VD clinic.
Once the two men begin settling in at Durango, we slowly begin to learn the backstory that explains Kelly's disbarment and Jack's conviction. Meanwhile, all hell breaks loose as first one, then other murders crop up, and numerous other complications ensue. It's glorious fun all the way.
Reading Ross Thomas is like eating a quart of Haagen Dazs directly out of the carton, preferably while remaining standing. IMHO, he is simply the best "thriller" writer of his generation, and perhaps many generations. More like Graham Greene-esque "entertainments", Thomas' books are, in a word, delicious. Complex plots (some overly complex and implausible) aside, his writing his simply superb. He's so good, I find myself smiling continually, as I take delight in his images, his descriptions, and his sly and dry wit. Try one. Any one. Among my favorites: The Fourth Durango, Missionary Stew, Chinaman's Chance, The Fools in Town are on Our Side, Seersucker Whipsaw, The Brass Go-Between, and Twilight at Mac's Place (very long and scrumptious, though with an ending I actually did not understand. I may have to read it again.) Go for it; you can't go wrong.
The book begins with a disgraced judge leaving prison as well as a trail of bodies behind as he and his son-in-law/disbarred attorney flee to the quiet town of Durango, California. The sexy, savvy mayor and her lover/Chief of Police make a shady deal to hide them...but the killers who want the judge dead already appear to be in the town limits.
I've never read anything else by Ross Thomas but I did like his wit and economy. You really feel like you're in the hands of someone who knows where he's going and the best way to get there.