Archer knows that 20 years ago a handful of dreamers and losers came together in the Barcelona. The only questions now are: What kind of deal went down there? And why were a mixed-up rich kid and a beautiful blonde the first to pay the price?
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©1964 Ross Macdonald; (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Ross Macdonald writes quite differently than the other masters of the genre. He gives very little insight into his detective's mind or feelings. The focus is on the other characters, the detective remaining a cypher who reports dispassionately. He seems depressed in a way. The book is very plot-driven. We see what Archer sees as he works through the events of the case. Lacks the humor and warmth of Rex Stout. Closer to Hammet but in a 1960s world. Very enjoyable for fans of detective stories with focus on plot, not personality of the detective. It's the opposite of Grafton or Christie.
Great development of mystery and character. Usual snappy dialogue from McDonald's, along with psychological portrayal that is just about successful
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