Musician, author and-would be politician Kinky Friedman is the former leader of the band TheTexasJewboys. He has written several murder mysteries about [[AuthorAvatar a musician, author and would-be politician named Kinky Friedman]], who also dabbles in private detection. While most of the books are set in New York City, one or two are set in Texas.
This is a partial list of his novels:
* ''A Case of Lone Star''
* ''Armadillos and Old Lace''
* ''Blast From The Past''
* ''Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola''
* ''Frequent Flyer''
* ''God Bless John Wayne''
* ''Greenwich Killing Time''
* ''The Love Song Of J. Edgar Hoover''
* ''Musical Chairs''
* ''Spanking Watson''
* ''When the Cat's Away''
* AnswerSong: "Asshole From El Paso" to Music/MerleHaggard's "Okie From Muskogee".
* DrinkOrder: Jameson's.
** The Vodka [=McGovern=]: Vodka, the juice of a freshly squeezed orange, topped with soda water.
* DualMeaningChorus: In the song "We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To You," the narrator is denied entrance to a cafe with the title words, as he looks like a Communist and a Jew.
** In the next verse, the rabbi at the synagogue tells him that because he doesn't have a ticket and tie, "We reserve the right to refuse services to you."
** The next verse takes a more serious anti-war tone as the narrator wishes he could refuse military service to U.S. troops in South Asia.
** Finally, the narrator fears that when he tries to get into heaven, he'll be told, "Our quota's filled for this year / On singing Texas Jews, / We reserve the right to refuse service to you."
** The same goes for "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore", which starts off with an anti-semite accosting Kinky in a bar with the title phrase, and ends with Kinky punching him out with the words
-->They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore
-->We don't turn the other cheek like we done before
-->You could hear that honky holler as he hit the hardwood floor
-->Lord, they ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore!
** Pretty much every line of "Ride 'Em Jewboy" counts. The song is ostensibly framed as a cowboy song in the manner of "Git Along Little Dogies", but it's dense with references to Judaism and in particular UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust ("six million miles", "smoke from camps a-risin' ", "on your sleeve you wore the yeller star").
* Eagleland: A frequent subject/target of his music.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Friedman smokes cigars. Often.
* UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust: "Ride 'Em Jewboy" is [[TearJerker rather more somber]] than its title suggests.
* IrishmanAndAJew: Kinky and [=McGovern=]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ratso. He’s rude, crude, cheap and garish, and his personal hygiene is questionable at best. But despite everything, he sticks by Kinky’s side, even at great risk to life and limb. For example, [[spoiler: in ‘’When the Cat’s Away’’, he nursed Kinky back to health after he (Kinky) is shot with a tranquilizer dart, and barely survived a shootout between rival Colombian cocaine families. However, later on he saved Kinky’s life by sacrificing his beloved coonskin cap. He didn’t even ask for it back.]]
* MisogynySong: "Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed"
* OurProductSucks: Friedman's campaign slogans for his 2006 campaign for Texas governor included "Why The Hell Not?" and "How Hard Could It Be?"
* RefugeInAudacity: In the mid-90s, he was invited to the White House and handed a Cuban cigar to UsefulNotes/BillClinton right in front of a bunch of reporters with the words "Don't think of it as supporting their economy, think of it as burning their crops."
** Before that, there was ''The Ballad Of Charles Joseph Whitman'', a comedy song about a ''mass shooting''.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Friedman is known for referring to himself in the third person, though it's tongue-in-cheek on his part.
* UnclePennybags: One of Kinky Friedman's friends in his novels is a "decamillionaire" who's happy to help him if he needs a flight to Hawaii or something.