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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (Sept. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671047434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671047436
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.4 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 195 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,096,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By JBS on Sept. 23 2013
Format: Paperback
I had been meaning to read Kinky Friedman for years. He seemed like an interesting guy, and I had read excerpts from, and plot summaries about, some of his books, leading me to believe he would be a fun read. Boy was I wrong. I'm not sure why I even finished it. The first 10 - 20 pages of The Mile High Club were funny and irreverent. I thought I was on to something good. But it quickly devolved into unrelenting sarcasm, an overuse of invented slang (bathroom = "rain room," telephone = "blower"), and a plot that never gets off the ground, goes nowhere, and is poorly resolved. The characters are thin and uninteresting. Now, I'm not a reader who needs a methodical plot, and I get that the slang is kind of a tipped hat to the old detective novels that this is supposedly emulating, but the nearly constant sarcasm was too much to bear. It was like listening to an immature adolescent who just won't shut up. Maybe this isn't one of Kinky's better books. I'd be willing to give him another chance if I heard he had a more well-regarded novel, but it will take me awhile before I have a desire to try another one of his books.
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Format: Hardcover
I wish I had known about him sooner. Kinky's cynicism is charming and I just can't believe some of the things he comes up with, it's truly unique. If you like subtle but brilliant humor, this is for you.
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Format: Paperback
I got hooked on the series a few years ago with "A Case of Lone Star." I have read every one since and love them - Kinky, please keep writing. The wise cracks, the plot, and Kinky's Krazy Kast of Kharacters made that one a hoot - I loved every word. This edition still has the highly irreverent dialogue and nutsy group of irregulars but, still, there was something missing. The basic idea of the passports as McGuffen seemed way too unbelievable to catch and hold me. At any point, a more reasonable man would have collected them and dropped them on the desk of your local FBI agent. By being too clever in this one (and Kinky is very clever) he lost me and that's too bad. Still, I'll buy the next and next and next and read every one in the hope that Mr. Friedman hasn't run out of good ideas.
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By Amazon Customer on Feb. 19 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Kinky, or the Kingster, as he likes to call himself, is a Jewish detective who likes cats. Since he only changes the litter box every seven years - whether it needs it or not - the cat often finds other places to take care of things, a situation that Kink's friends find unsettling, to say the least. He finds that as cat scats age they become dried out and stiff, easily collected by stabbing with a boning knife.
You're probably beginning to get the idea that this book has some humorous overtones. That's putting it mildly. I suspect my family might have been wondering about my sanity watching me mow the lawn laughing out loud listening to this hysterical romp.
The story gets under way when Kinky gets stuck with a little pink valise left in the airplane seat next to him by a very attractive woman. She leaves for the lavatory just before landing, and to Kinky's consternation, never is seen leaving the plane. He collects the little bag and the woman's suitcase assuming that she will call him getting his number from the business card that he had given her during the course of their conversation.
It turns out that many people are interested in the valise. Kinky can't bear not to peek inside and he discovers several illegal passports obviously intended for use by persons of less than high moral character, e.g., international terrorists. Soon the State Department, the Mossad, and Arab terrorists are all trying to find the passports. The opposition knows the passports must still be in his apartment because, as Kinky and his friends discover, a miniature transmitter was hidden in one of them. Kinky decides to hide them in the only place he know no one would think to look: his cat's litter box. Scatological remarks abound.
The book is filled with double entendres and puns.
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Format: Hardcover
To sum it up bluntly, this is the worst book I have ever read.
I made it about halfway through but it was so bad I threw it in the trash. The author is terrible at creating likable characters you can empathize with .. they are all jerks. Plus, he uses very strange phrases for a texan country singer. I am from TEXAS!
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Format: Hardcover
I read Kinky Friedman mysteries not for plot but for the fresh, raunchy, philosophical whirlpools along the way. While Mile High Club doesn't have much plot, it's Kinky at his funniest and finest. Get it, read it, smoke a cigar, enjoy.
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Format: Audio Cassette
The world is full of two kinds of people: people who "get" what Kinky is, and people who don't. Just read some of the reviews. I got into Kinky very early, and love them.
This mystery is great! Classic Kinky. Even if you guess the ending before he does, the afterward is worth reading. I hope to hell and back that Kinky covers the events of 9/11 in a future book (Kinkstar, if you're reading this....).
I read this book on 9/11/02, and did find the dialog on page 57 (hardcover) really eerie. "What are all these passports for?" "For the next people that decide to blow up the World Trade Center."
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Format: Hardcover
i found Kinky's work was boring. i waited for something to really happen. Blower was dumb,take a nixon was not funny and a few other goofy sayings trying to be funny but not getting it done. no wonder you wont get more than 3.50 for this book.
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