Milton Chester Milodragovitch III, known simply as Milo to everyone, is a PI working out of Meriweather, Montana. He’s also an alcoholic and often indulges in mind altering drugs. He likes weapons and approaches his profession in a decidedly different manner.
Milo owns the building in which his office is located, an inheritance from his grandfather. Unfortunately between the management company, his first ex-wife, and the estate of his second ex, all he gets out of it is the office. The trust fund from his father won’t become his until he turns fifty-three, if he lives that long.
He had been making a fair, if unspectacular, living doing divorce work until the new no fault divorce laws he gone into effect.
So when the young woman comes into his office and wants him to find her kid brother, Milo reluctantly takes the case.
Plowing through drunks, a local commune, a cross-dressing ex-con the kid lived with for a while, the local cops who give him a hard time(one, Jamison married his first ex-wife and adopted his son), he begins to wonder if he’d made a mistake.
The kid is found dead, an overdose of heroin, in a bar bathroom. The sister doesn’t believe it, that he was a junkie or died by his own hand, whether an accident or suicide, and wants Milo to find the truth.
More deaths, one by Milo’s hand as he’s being beaten by two thugs in alley, another an old friend, pushes him to the limit, his drinking becoming worse than ever.
I liked this one. Crumley’s other PI, C. W. Sughrue, works out of Meriweather also, but is younger. Throughout both series, both men mention a former nameless partner and occasional drinking buddy. The two finally appear in together in BORDERSNAKES. This and THE LAST GOOD KISS are the only works of Crumley’s I’ve read. So far.
For more great forgotten books, as always on Friday, go check out Patti Abbott at her blog, Pattinase.