Just learned the sad news (via) that author James Crumley has died. Crumley was best known for writing one of the definitive private eye novels, The Last Good Kiss. That accomplishment alone is worthy of a whole career, but he made many other fine contributions as well.
I spent an evening with Jim five years ago at Bouchercon in Las Vegas. Jim, Bob Ward, Dennis McMillan and I went to a cocktail party in the lovely Riviera hotel and casino, and then spent a few hours in the bar. It was my introduction to keeping company with book folks and initially I was a little intimidated. Jim quickly broke the ice, though, with his friendly attitude and curmudgeonly wit. My liver has never been the same.
I knew Jim had been in failing health for some time, but it's still sad news. He'll be missed.