A Gypsy Good Time
|A Gypsy Good Time|
1st Edition cover image
|Publisher||Washington Square Press (PB)|
|Media type||Print Paperback|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-671-72917-9 (paperback edition)|
A Gypsy Good Time is a 1992 noir detective novel by Vietnam veteran Gustav Hasford and the last novel he completed before his death in 1993, at age 45. It is written in the style of classic hardboiled detective fiction and was poorly received by book critics at the time for making too much use of the cliches of the genre. A Gypsy Good Time never received the same critical recognition as Hasford's novels on Vietnam, The Short-Timers (1979) and The Phantom Blooper (1990), and is relatively unknown even among the author's followers. The book is reportedly based on Hasford's disillusionment with Hollywood during the production of Full Metal Jacket (1987).
Vietnam veteran and Private Investigator Dowdy Lewis, Jr. struggles with alcoholism, his time in the Vietnam War, and his own rapid aging. He meets Yvonna Lablaine, an attractive red-headed outcast from a prominent Hollywood family, and falls in love. One day, however, after a brief but passionate romance, Lewis finds Lablaine dying at his door, murdered. He then embarks on a quest involving drug dealers, mobsters and Hollywood moguls in order to find the truth about what happened and to take revenge on the culprits.
This book received many negative reviews; however, there were some positive ones from other prominent authors and filmmakers who deemed the book to be a sleeper hit with a surprisingly accurate and bleak portrait of the modern American movie business.
"This may be the best stuff I've ever read about Hollywood and the movies, a world as savage and erotic as any jungle war...Gustav Hasford's voice is unmistakable in American writing." -Kent Anderson
"Hallelujah! At last a new dimension to the crime novel. As if it wasn't enough to deliver a nifty plot with unique characters, Hasford's A Gypsy Good Time has something to say--and nobody says it better." -James B. Harris
Out of Print
- "Web page dedicated to A Gypsy Good Time". Gustav Hasford's official website.