A Gypsy Good Time

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A Gypsy Good Time
A Gypsy Good Time.jpg
Paperback Fourth Printing
Author Gustav Hasford
Country United States
Language English
Genre Detective fiction
Publisher Washington Square Press (PB)
Publication date
Media type Print Paperback
Pages 177 pp
ISBN 0-671-72917-9 (paperback edition)

A Gypsy Good Time is a 1992 noir detective novel by Viet Nam War veteran Gustav Hasford and the last novel he completed before his death in 1993, at forty-five years old. 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[citation needed]. A Gypsy Good Time never received the same critical recognition as Hasford's novels on Viet Nam, The Short-Timers (1979) and The Phantom Blooper (1990), and is relatively unknown even among the author's followers.[citation needed] The book is reportedly based on Hasford's disillusionment with Hollywood during the production of Full Metal Jacket (1987).[citation needed]


Viet Nam War veteran and Private Investigator Dowdy Lewis, Jr. struggles with alcoholism, his time in the Viet Nam 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.

Out of print[edit]

According to the Official Gustav Hasford Website maintained by Hasford's cousin, The Short-Timers,[1] The Phantom Blooper,[2] and Hasford's third and last completed book, a noir detective novel titled A Gypsy Good Time (1992),[3][4] are currently out of print. The texts of the two war novels and an excerpt of A Gypsy Good Time were publicly available at the website for at least a decade,[5] but the site has since been redesigned, and Hasford's cousin, who manages the site, has stated he "likely won't be reposting the novel" there.[6]


  1. ^ Hasford, Gustav (1979). The Short-Timers (1st (hard cover) ed.). Harper & Rowe. ISBN 978-0060117825. 
  2. ^ Hasford, Gustav (January 1, 1990). The Phantom Blooper (1st (hard cover) ed.). Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0553057188. 
  3. ^ Hasford, Gustav (March 1992). A Gypsy Good Time (First (paperback) ed.). Washington Square Press. ISBN 978-0671729172. 
  4. ^ "Web page dedicated to A Gypsy Good Time". Gustav Hasford's official website. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Original version". Gustav Hasford home page, with the full text of The Short-Timers and The Phantom Blooper novels included. Archived from the original on January 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Jason Aaron (January 2013). "About This Site". GustavHasford.com. Retrieved September 7, 2014.