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The Far Side of the Dollar (1965)

de Ross Macdonald

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Sèrie: Lew Archer (12)

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The once popular Barcelona Hotel is now boarded up. Starlets and Navy boys once rubbed shoulders there with tycoons and hustlers. Lewis Archer knows that twenty years ago a handful of dreamers and losers came together in the Barcelona. The question now is what kind of deal went down there, and why were a mixed-up rich kid and a beautiful blonde the first to pay the price?… (més)
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a missing boy leads to mystery of luxury hotel
  ritaer | Mar 4, 2021 |
California, Los Angeles ( )
  danhammang | Jun 2, 2019 |
Lots of twists at the end! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 20, 2017 |
WARNING: This review contains spoilers.

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Sadly, it's all too common for the boys at Laguna Perdida School to attempt to run away. As a school for juvenile delinquents, it has more than its fair share of hard cases. But this boy, Tom Hillman, is different, because he may have been kidnapped. His father therefore calls in Lew Archer to help find him.

I really enjoyed this one. Archer is a mild-mannered detective tentatively approaching middle age, and he's been around enough to know when to stay cool in a situation (for the most part). He does his job and provides reassurance without providing false hope, and he treats the friends of the missing boy like miniature adults instead of children; they are teenagers, after all.

As for the solution, I did manage to predict a key element of it, but that turned out to be a fluke and I did not guess the actual murderer. What I did love, although "love" is probably the wrong sentiment, was the ending. The murderer is revealed to be Tom's mother, Elaine, and when she is revealed she wants to kill herself to avoid facing justice. Archer thwarts her plans to overdose on sleeping pills and to shoot herself, so in desperation she stabs herself with her knitting needles and later dies of her injuries. As a knitter myself, I couldn't help but wonder:

- what was she knitting, and did she take the needles out of the project or just stab herself with a sweater or whatever hanging off them? Was she in the middle of a row?
- were they straight needles or circulars? Straight needles are longer and would be easier to stab oneself with. Circulars don't have much of an actual needle to them (they have cables of varying lengths, which makes them useful for knitting either circular garments or flat items with lots of stitches, such as blankets), so she would have needed to aim more carefully, or just strangle herself with the cable, which would have been really inefficient.
- what size needles were they? If they were of a size appropriate to double knitting or worsted weight yarn (US 6 to 8), they wouldn't have been very sharp and it would have taken a lot of effort to stab. If she were knitting socks, though, the sock needles would have been very sharp and much more effective. (I'm always pricking my fingers on sock needles.)


I do realize this is a very nutty perspective, and possibly not one that Ross Macdonald intended, but it contributed greatly to my final enjoyment of the book.

I definitely recommend the book as a whole to anyone who's interested in the series. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 20, 2014 |
I read most of Ross MacDonald's books years ago and thought I would enjoy reading them again. I was right. This one is a PI Lew Archer book, as most of MacDonald's books are. Lew Archer is hired to find the teenage son of a family with secrets. This uncovers a kidnapping, along with two murders, which wouldn't have happened if the family had told Lew Archer about the skeletons in their closet. ( )
  phillipfrey | Mar 26, 2014 |
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The once popular Barcelona Hotel is now boarded up. Starlets and Navy boys once rubbed shoulders there with tycoons and hustlers. Lewis Archer knows that twenty years ago a handful of dreamers and losers came together in the Barcelona. The question now is what kind of deal went down there, and why were a mixed-up rich kid and a beautiful blonde the first to pay the price?

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