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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (24 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571171923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571171927
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 881,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kinky Friedman - commonly known to his many fans as 'The Kinkster' - first found fame as the lead singer of the country-and-western band 'The Texas Jewboys'. He is also the author of a series of highly acclaimed detective stories, featuring himself as the wise-cracking, cigar-smoking, cat-loving sleuth. He populates his novels with many of his friends and associates, portraying them (to their great delight) as villains, cheats and con-men. In the words of the great Willie Nelson, he is the 'best whodunnit writer to come along since Dashiel Whats-his-name'. Kinky Friedman lives in a trailer in the South Texas Hills with two dogs, two cats and Dilly, his pet armadillo.

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At Tom Baker's wake, quite well attended, as the wakes and funerals of misunderstood people usually are, I sang "Ride 'em Jewboy." Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2000
Format: Paperback
The ultimate in fun reading, Kinky F's world has suspense, philosophy, acid flash-backs to the 60's, surreal goings-on in Greenwich Village and some of the weirdest characters! I loved this book, I laughed my head off and couldn't put it down (the book), and I know that I won't get that "yeh, yeh, very funny, get on with it" feeling when I read more Kinky F's because the guy is genuine and it's cool to hang out with him. And he talks to his cat.
Buy this book - buy THEM ALL!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sept. 1999
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This book turned me on to the wit and wisdom of `The Kinkster` a country boy made good in New York and one of the great, laid back characters of our times. Funny, witty, intelligent, brash, dirty, strong, big hearted with plot lines that are both bizarre yet strangely logical, this un put downable book has encouraged me to buy all his output! Highly recommended if you are open minded and dont mind laughing out loud!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2008
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"Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola" is Kinky's sixth novel and was first published in 1993. As with his other books, Kinky has cast himself as the amateur-PI hero - though he doesn't take too many liberties. The book's Kinky (unsurprisingly) is a cigar-smoking, cat-loving, espresso-guzzling, whiskey-drinking, ex-country and western performer. Naturally, Kinky isn't the only 'real' person to appear in the book - for example, Rambam and Ratso, of the 'Village Irregulars', have real-life incarnations.

Tom Baker, a recently deceased Irish actor, rather than the former Doctor Who - was a good friend of the Kinkster. Tom's final project had been a documentary on Elvis impersonators - a documentary that has, apparently, gone missing. Baker Senior, meeting Kinky for the first time at Tom's wake, is obviously aware of the Kinkster's reputation as a PI and requests our hero's help in retrieving it. Naturally, Kinky agrees - he doesn't think it too hard, believing it's sitting somewhere obvious and has just been overlooked...

Unfortunately, Kinky's life is about to take a complicated turn, with the return of Downtown Judy. Downtown Judy is one of Kinky's many former lovers, who never actually realised she was known as Downtown Judy. (This was largely because Kinky was spending a great deal of time, in a horizontal position, with an Uptown Judy at the same time - something that Kinky, obviously, wasn't about to share with her). Although Kinky isn't at all upset about spending some time in her company again, he isn't too impressed about being restricted to a cuddle on the first night. Unsurprisingly, one Judy leads to another...but not necessarily in the manner Kinky would have liked.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2001
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Not the Kinkster at his absolute best, but a fine addition to the Kinky canon. A great gift for the as yet unKinked - but watch your collection - once Kinked they'll be after more.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
THE BOOK HAS A PLACE OF HONOR ON MY TOILET 31 Dec. 1998
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another success from the Kinsta. A bizarre plot with even more bizarre characters told in the inimitable style of the New Yorxan(Texorker?). While reading it on the plane from Houston to Boston it had me laughing out loud. I had to give my copy to the lady beside me and buy another when I landed. Few things these days can bring such simple joy and so much fun.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
New Kinkster Fan says: Praise Jesus & Pass the Coca-Cola! 9 Jun. 1998
By James J. Davis (flew89a@prodigy.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Until three months ago, the only author named Friedman I'd ever heard of was Milton, which probably explains why I was slow to heed a friend's "You gotta read one of Kinky Friedman's books" advice. But after reading two K. Friedman tomes - "Armadillos & Old Lace", and now "Elvis, Jesus & Coca-Cola - I'm ADDICTED TO THE KINKSTER. So much so that I just got done ordering four MORE of his books from Amazon. And now I'M the one telling people that they "gotta read a Kinky Friedman book" - which is really saying something considering that I grew bored and uninterested in "run of the mill" fiction mysteries long ago. BUT THE KINKSTER IS DIFFERENT! His stories are absorbing and addictive. His style is refreshingly twisted and unique.His characters will take up residence in your brain (and stay there long after you finish the book). And his words run the gamut from profound to silly - from thought-provoking to bizarre - from intensely sad and moving to laugh-out-loud hilarious. In fact, my only complaint with Mr. Friedman is that his quips, wise-sayings and one-liners are SO DAMN GOOD - and they come so fast and frequently - that I'm constantly looking for a pen or pencil to write them down (so I can use them later). In short, the man is one great storyteller and wordsmith, and "Elvis, Jesus & Coca-Cola" is a darn good yarn and a VERY enjoyable read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fine entry in the Kinster's mystery files... 7 Jan. 2004
By William Fare - Published on Amazon.com
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Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola might possibly be the least imaginative of the plot lines in the Kinky mysteries (at least up to that point). It involves two of Kinky's lady friends, cleverly dubbed Uptown Judy and Downtown Judy, who are unaware of the other's existence until one of them is killed and the Village Irregulars pounce on the case.
For fans of the series, however, the plot lines are secondary to the humorous anectodes of our hero and the everyday situations that he finds himself. Kinky's friends are all featured extensively throughout the novel, which results in a number of hilarious boozy gatherings in various bars, restaurants and a gay burlesque theatre. The infighting between Ratso, Rambam, McGovern, Brennan and Kinky's new neighbor and her two yapping dogs make up for any shortcomings in the detective yarn.
I always seem to read these out of sequence, but I remember this as one of the last great entries in the series. Soon, Friedman would start resorting to new twists (including a trip to Hawaii that would make the Brady Bunch writers cringe). These books are always the best when it's Kinky and his friends drunkenly stumbling through a new case, snapping off one-liners and stories from Kinky's Texas roots and days as a country singer. Good stuff.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I laughed, I didn't cry, I finished it quickly 9 Feb. 2005
By Scratch Megataint - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Beach read. That pretty much somes it up. The chapters are fast and furious, with several great lines that are worth highlighting. A few times I laughed out loud. The plot wasn't that great, and the ending was a bit predictable. The two biggest problems were the recap ending(this is how it was done, my dear Watson...) and the plot was flimsy. But, if you are looking for something to kill a few hours, you could do worse.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Funny as ever 27 Aug. 2000
By tommy2405 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read 4 of Kinkys books in the past few months, no one is better than the other, they all include very interesting characters and come bundled together with laughs a plenty. Kinky has a wonderful habit of making the extraordinary seem very ordinary, and he gives the ordinary an added twist of the extraordinary. This book is really harmless, and it is an easy read. As it is so laid back I found myself drifting and missing key moments but it really is a wonderful book for any depressed person who needs a laugh and a new outlook.
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