In The see you later Look, Lew Archer is employed to enquire a housebreaking on the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The best suspect, their son Nick, has a expertise for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a relatives with funds and thoughts to burn. As Archer zeros in on Nick, he discovers a stricken blonde, a stash of wartime letters, a mysterious hobo. Then a stiff turns up in a automobile on an empty seashore. And Nick turns up with a Colt .45. In The so long Look, Ross Macdonald delves into the area of the wealthy and the afflicted and divulges that the prior has a perilous method of catching as much as the present.
If any author might be stated to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it's Ross Macdonald. among the overdue Forties and his dying in 1983, he gave the yankee crime novel a mental intensity and ethical complexity that his pre-decessors had in basic terms hinted at. And within the personality of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the personal eye as a roving sense of right and wrong who walks the treacherous frontier among legal guilt and human sin.
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You suppressed the evidence approximately Eldon Swain and his dying in your personal sake, no longer for Nick’s. You enable him hold the weight of the guilt, and take the rap for you. ” “There isn’t any rap. We stored every thing quiet. ” “And enable Nick reside in psychological torment for fifteen years. It was once a awful trick to tug by yourself son, or anybody’s son. ” She bowed her head as though in disgrace. yet what she acknowledged used to be: “I’m no longer admitting something. ” “You don’t need to. I’ve received sufficient actual proof, and sufficient witnesses, to make a case opposed to you. I’ve talked on your father and your mom, and Mr. Rawlinson, and Mrs. Swain. I’ve talked to Florence Williams. ” “Who in hell is she? ” “She owns Conchita’s Cabins, in Imperial seashore. ” Mrs. Chalmers raised her head and swept her hands throughout her face, as though there has been airborne dirt and dust or cobwebs in her eyes. “I’m sorry I ever set foot in that sell off, i will inform you. yet you can’t make something out of it, now not at this past due date. i used to be only a juvenile on the time. And something I did away again then—the statute of barriers ran out on it in the past. ” “What did you do away again then? ” “I’m not likely to testify opposed to myself. I stated sooner than that i used to be taking the 5th. ” She additional in a higher voice: “John Truttwell can be again in a minute, and this can be his division. so that you can get tough, he can get rougher. ” I knew i used to be on doubtful flooring. yet this is able to be the one likelihood i'd need to achieve Mrs. Chalmers. And either her responses to my accusations, and her mess ups to reply, had tended to verify my photograph of her. I acknowledged: “If John Truttwell knew what i do know approximately you, he wouldn’t contact you with a sterilized stick. ” She had no resolution this time. She moved to a chair close to the internal door and sat down inexactly and unexpectedly. I and stood over her. “What occurred to the money? ” She twisted sideways clear of me. “Which cash do you suggest? ” “The cash Eldon Swain embezzled from the financial institution. ” “He took it around the Mexican border with him. I stayed in the back of in Dago. He acknowledged he’d ship for me yet he by no means did. So I married Larry Chalmers. That’s the total tale. ” “What did Eldon do with the money in Mexico? ” “I heard he misplaced it. He bumped into a few bandits in Baja and so they took it off him and that was once that. ” “What have been the bandits’ names, Rita? ” “How may still i do know? It was once only a rumor I heard. ” “I’ll let you know a greater rumor. The bandits’ names have been Larry and Rita, they usually didn’t thieve the cash in Mexico. Eldon Swain by no means obtained it around the border. you place him up for a highjacking, and fingered him for Larry. And the 2 bandits lived fortunately ever after. previously. ” “You’ll by no means turn out that! You can’t! ” She was once virtually shouting, as though she was hoping to drown out the sound of my voice and the rumors of the earlier. Truttwell opened the interior door. “What’s happening? ” He gave me a stern glance. “What are you attempting to end up? ” “We have been discussing what occurred to Swain’s part million. Mrs. Chalmers claims that Mexican bandits obtained it. yet I’m rather definite she and Chalmers highjacked it from Swain.