Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Way Some People Die, by Ross Macdonald
The story follows P.I., Lew Archer, as he tracks down a missing girl, and deals with gangsters, drug dealers, failed actors, and the police in the process. While I didn't ever feel any real urgency or suspense, the characters were all well-described and unique, with some enjoyable, weird details. One doesn't get a real sense of who Lew Archer is, or how he differs from Chandler's Phillip Marlowe character, though it's hard to judge a series from one book. Similarly, there are some Chandler books that are more interesting in terms of plot, but there are also some pretty sloppy ones. One good thing about this book is how pointy he says one lady's breasts are.