Nicky Belane is a lonely, middle-aged, egotistical, alcoholic private detective who is badly in need of some lucrative work, but what he gets is a series of increasingly strange assignments from a bizarre collection of clients. This was Bukowski’s final novel.

ISBN: 9780753518175 Author: Bukowski, Charles Publisher: Virgin Publishing Publication Date: 5th March 2009 Imprint: Virgin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:23) Pages: viii, 174 Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

Charles Bukowski’s brilliant, fantastical pastiche of a detective story. Packed with wit, invention and Bukowski’s trademark lowlife adventures, it is the final novel of one of the most enjoyable and influential cult writers of the last century.

Nicky Belane, private detective and career alcoholic, is a troubled man. He is plagued not just by broads, booze, lack of cash and a raging ego, but also by the surreal jobs he’s been hired to do. Not only has been hired to track down French classical author Celine – who’s meant to be dead – but he’s also supposed to find the elusive Red Sparrow – which may or may not be real.

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