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The Galton Case Part Eleven

                               CHRISTMAS MEMORIES OF 1936                                     The Police Lend a Hand—Reluctantly                Archer stops by the sheriff’s substation; the deputy handling the Galton case is a tough sell, but by using...

The Galton Case Part Ten

                      SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING OLD                                                       Follow That Car!               Archer telephones the sheriff in Santa Teresa, where Archer’s car was stolen.  Not that it is strictly Archer’s business,...

The Galton Case Part Nine

                         FILL HER UP AND CHECK THE OIL                                A Gas Station--The Quintessential California Venue                The boy pumping gas can’t find the dipstick for the oil, which gives Archer a chance to get out and...

The Galton Case Part Eight

                                          LUNA BAY                       THE ENDING AND THE BEGINNING     In the thirties, when Anthony Galton lived there, Luna Bay was a sleepy fishing village, so remote it was a good landing spot for rumrunning during...

The Galton Case Part Seven

                              “IT’S ALL ONE CASE”       This quote from Macdonald reminds us of how he viewed his mature fiction.  It was more than a matter of economy.  In his best work, everything is related.  Diversions and dead ends are not what...

The Galton Case Part Six

                       SHIFTING INTO HIGH GEAR—LITERALLY     The first five chapters have moved along briskly, and in a relatively few pages Macdonald has laid out the mystery.  But it’s been relatively static.  The plot has been advanced by a series of...

The Galton Case Part Five

            LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES                                 (And Not in a Fun Way)     Mrs. Galton is what we expect—imperious, manipulative, self-centered and willful.  And those are only her good qualities.  She browbeats everyone...

The Galton Case Part Four

                               “A RATHER HOPELESS CASE”       In his study, Sable outlines the task to Archer: Sable represents Maria Galton, the matriarch of the Galton family, now 73, widowed, and in poor health. (Fun fact—according to Michael...

The Galton Case Part Three

                         ROSS MACDONALD CAN BE VERY FUNNY                                                A Brisk and Entertaining Start When we think of humor in the detective story, names like Donald Westlake, Parnell Hall, and Carl Hiaasen come to...

The Galton Case Part Two

                          WHAT THE COMMENTATORS SAY                                                                          Universal Acclaim, Almost   “The writer was right to view The Galton Case (1959) as both ‘a turning point’ and a personal favorite...

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