Associated Press - September 18, 2008 12:44 PM ET
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Crime writer James Crumley, known for books with hardened detectives and endings that deliver a note of optimism, has died in Missoula at the age of 68.
Longtime friend Bob Reid says Crumley died Wednesday at a Missoula hospital after years of health problems. Crumley made his home in Missoula.
Random House published a number of Crumley's books over a span of about 30 years. The novels include "One Count to Cadence," "The Mexican Tree Duck" and perhaps his best known, "The Last Good Kiss."
In 2005, Viking published "The Right Madness."