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A Note on Linda Millar

Tom Nolan has written a first-class biography of Macdonald and it is not my aim to compete with him.  I hope that my own work, which focusses almost exclusively on Macdonald’s books, is a useful supplement to Nolan, who discusses the books only as necessary to tell...

THE BARBAROUS COAST — Part Ten

                                                      Spoiler Alert                                         The Good and the Bad                                                             First, the good:   Macdonald achieves a rapid pace that...

THE BARBAROUS COAST — Part Nine

                                                                                           Spoiler Alert             If That’s What You Think, You Ought to See a Shrink   When Archer gets to work, nothing stops him.  After leaving Rina behind at the LA airport he...

THE BARBAROUS COAST — Part Eight

                                                                                                    Spoiler Alert                                           The Perfect Patsy   Rina wakes up, still groggy from her sleeping pill, and she and Archer start to...

THE BARBAROUS COAST — Part Seven

                                                                          Spoiler Alert                                    The Pace Quickens, Sort of   Archer spent Chapter 21 through 23, a matter of 18 pages in my edition, in conversation with Tobias. But...

THE BARBAROUS COAST — Part Six

                                                                    Spoiler Alert                                                              This Calls for a Drink                      After Graff leaves, Archer marvels that Bassett stood up to the most powerful...

THE BARBAROUS COAST — Part Five

                                      The House of Broken Dreams   Macdonald doesn’t reveal what Archer thinks about the story of sudden good fortune of Hester and her mother, but whatever credit he gave it, doesn’t last long. Teeny Campbell, Hester’s...

The Barbarous Coast — Part Four

                                                                                 On The Road Again Although Archer could have gone directly to Anton’s Ballet, he decides to follow up on his most recent lead first, trying to find the identity of the gangster who took...

The Barbarous Coast — Part Three

  Although Tony Torres had been looking for Wall to escort him to Basset’s office, Wall had taken matters into his own hands and scaled the wall, cutting himself and his clothing in the process. It’s a small point but it’ a good introduction to his impulsive...

The Barbarous Coast — Part Two

And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. -- T. S. Eliot Macdonald’s books are road books.  His detective is often on the move, especially in the early books.  Even after The Moving Target, where life...

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