Everything you need to understand or teach The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley.
This novel, written in the style and literary traditions of the so-called "hard boiled" crime novel, tells the story of private investigator CW Sughrue's search for a runaway young woman, missing for ten years. A parallel narrative explores the complex relationship between Sughrue, a wandering alcoholic novelist, and the three powerful women in the novelist's life. Aside from exploring themes common to novels of this genre (specifically, the corruptive potential of money, love, sex, and power), "The Last Good Kiss" also explores themes relating to the layering of identity and an individual's inability to escape his/her past.
The novel begins at the end of Sughrue's search for the missing Abraham Trahearne. Sughrue eventually learns that Trahearne is a famous novelist and respected poet, but when he finds him in a run-down bar in Sonoma California, Trahearne is just another drunk on the run from a domineering ex-wife...
The Last Good Kiss Lesson Plans contain 128 pages of teaching material, including: