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MEET ME AT THE MORGUE Part Three

                                     Late to the Party   Chapter Two opens with the appearance at the courthouse of Amy Miner, Fred’s wife. She is highly upset but Cross manages to get out of her that a ransom demand of fifty thousand dollars has been made,...

MEET ME AT THE MORGUE Part Two

                                       A STRONG BEGINNING        The Opening Line is, “I met the boy on the morning of the kidnapping.”     Nobody can stop reading at that point The narrator, Howard Cross, a probation officer, arrives at work...

MEET ME AT THE MOURGE Part One

                      A SERIOUSLY UNDERAPPRECIATED BOOK                                                                                                                               Where’s Lew? “Negative space, in art, is the empty space around and...

Failing to Progress

                                                                                                  Writer’s Block   I am reading Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin.  My knowledge of Shirley Jackson is limited to The Haunting of Hill House and...

The Ivory Grin — Part Thirteen

Spoiler Alert                                            Summing up                                                                An Advance over His Previous Book   The Way Some People Die was cleverly plotted, with vivid characters and unexpected turns, but it is...

The Ivory Grin — Part Twelve

                       BORROWINGS AND FORESHADOWINGS       One of the pleasures of reading a mystery series is tracing material from one source to another.  Macdonald lived in a world where regular and frequent publication was essential to his...

The Ivory Grin — Part Eleven

                                                         Lew Archer’s Love Life in One Paragraph   Between 1949 and 1976, Macdonald published 19 Lew Archer novels and one book of Lew Archer short stories, plus six non-Archer books.  In the output of his entire...

The Ivory Grin — Part Ten

                                                                                                               Spoiler Alert                             THINGS GO SIDEWAYS                                                                                            ...

The Ivory Grin — Part Nine

                                                                                                                                      Spoiler Alert                                                   LAYING IT OUT                                                    ...

The Ivory Grin — Part Seven

                                                                                                                                     Spoiler Alert                                                                     IT STARTS TO COME TOGETHER                      ...

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