Strictly talking, Lew Archer is just imagined to dig up the airborne dirt and dust on a wealthy man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. yet very quickly in any respect Archer is following a path of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. after which there's the zebra-striped hearse and its staff of gorgeous, sunburned surfers, whose direction turns out to maintain crossing the son-in-law's--and Archer's--in a robust, fast paced novel of homicide at the California coast.
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The notice got here out with retching strength. “I’d by no means have married Mark—” “Why did you marry him? ” “I was once prepared to consider wanted, as I stated. He definitely wanted me, and so did Harriet. i presumed a wedding that began badly couldn’t fail to enhance. And Mark used to be so desperately afraid, and accountable. He believed he used to be at the ethical skids, that he could finish by means of molesting little kids at the streets. He acknowledged i used to be the single person who might store him, and that i believed him. ” “You didn’t store him from murdering Dolly. i feel you recognize that via now. ” “I’ve been petrified of it. ” “How lengthy have you ever suspected? ” “Just this night, once we have been conversing approximately his topcoat, and that i acquired ailing. I’m no longer feeling rather well now. ” A greenish pallor had invaded her face, as if the sunshine had replaced. with no pondering it, I touched her temple the place the hair used to be rainy. She leaned her head opposed to my hand. “I’m sorry you’re no longer feeling well,” I stated. “You notice we need to pass directly to the tip. ” “I believe we do. I lied to you concerning the topcoat, in fact. He obtained it once we have been on our honeymoon—we bumped into a few chilly climate in Toronto. Mark stated it can turn out to be useful once we went as much as Tahoe within the spring. i guess Ralph Simpson stumbled on it there, and taken it to Mark for an accounting. Mark took the icepick the Stones had given us—” Her voice broke. “These issues are all combined up with our marriage,” she acknowledged. “You’d imagine he used to be attempting to make a Black Mass of our bridal ceremony. ” She shuddered. i discovered myself crouching with my hands round her, her tears wetting my collar. After your time the tears stopped coming. Later nonetheless she drew clear of me. “I’m sorry. I didn’t suggest to allow my feelings cross at your price. ” I touched the tragic hole in her cheek. She grew to become clear of my hand. “Please. thanks, but in addition please. i must think about only one factor, and that’s my responsibility to Mark. ” “Isn’t that pretty much washed out? ” She raised her eyes. “You’ve by no means been married, have you ever? ” “I were. ” “Well, you’ve by no means been a girl. i need to stick to via in this marriage, it doesn't matter what Mark has performed to it. For my sake in addition to his. ” She hesitated. “Surely I won’t need to rise up in courtroom and testify approximately those things—the icepick, and the coat, and Dolly? ” “A spouse can’t be compelled to testify opposed to her husband. you most likely understand that out of your social-working days. ” “Yes. I’m no longer considering too good. I’m nonetheless in surprise, i assume. i believe as if I’d been stripped bare and was once approximately to be pushed during the streets. ” “There could be undesirable exposure. It’s one cause I needed to get the proof from you this night. I’d prefer to safeguard you up to attainable. ” “You’re a considerate guy, Mr. Archer. yet what are you able to do? ” “I can do your speaking to the police for you, as much as some extent. ” Her brain stuck at the observe police. “Did I comprehend out of your cellphone dialog simply now that you’re asking the Tahoe police to arrest Mark? ” “I requested a pal in Reno, a detective I’ve been utilizing, to determine in case your husband is up there.