Charles Bukowski's brilliant, fantastical pastiche of a detective story. Packed with wit, invention and Bukowski s trademark lowlife adventures, it is the final novel of one of the most enjoyable and influential cult writers of the last century. Nicky Belane, private detective and career alcoholic, is a troubled man. He is plagued not just by broads, booze, lack of cash and a raging ego, but also by the surreal jobs he s been hired to do. Not only has been hired to track down French classical author Celine who s meant to be dead but he s also supposed to find the elusive Red Sparrow which may or may not be real.