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Meet Me at the Morgue is the story of a kidnapping that led to four murders. In his search for the killer, Howard Cross digs deep into the Los Angeles underworld, finding along the way a beautiful, lost adolescent mourning a dead lover, a suitcase hidden under an aging sadist's bed, and a slovenly gentleman with an ice pick in his neck. Ross Macdonald has never written a story quite like this, and neither has anyone else.… (més)
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This was rather fun. Instead of Archer, we have Howie Cross, who is a probation officer. He runs into one of his clients, Fred Miner. Miner had dropped by to talk to Cross’ partner, but even though the partner wasn’t in, he didn’t want to talk to Cross as back up. He had a four-year old with him, one Jamie Johnson, the son of a rich man, Abel Johnson and his young wife, Helen. Fred Miner was chauffeur for Abel and Helen Johnson.

Well, next thing you know, the Johnson’s get a ransom note saying Jamie had been kidnapped. The thinking was that Fred Miner might have been the kidnapper. Well, there’s all kinds of convoluted relationships, as is generally the case with Ross Macdonald novels, at least the Archer ones. Anyway, eventually Howie figures things out, rather in the way of a normal detective I suppose, but not until several bodies show up along the way.

We’re GoodReads to allow and -, this would get a *** . I’m a bit on the fence as to whether or not just to give it 4*.

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  lgpiper | Jan 10, 2021 |
*Partial spoilers ahead*

This was my first experience with the author's non-Lew Archer novels. It takes several chapters for Macdonald to establish probation officer Howard Cross as the book's authoritative voice, but once the wheels get rolling there's no essential difference between Cross and Archer. (The PO is a little more awkward than Macdonald's classic private eye: there's an interesting scene in which, hovering on the brink of exhaustion, he allows a female suspect to get the jump on him and spends a hair-raising moment looking down the barrel of his own gun. It's something that probably wouldn't happen to Archer, but such mishaps make Cross feel believably human to the reader.) A four-year-old boy has been kidnapped, and the lead suspect is an ex Navy man who works as a chauffeur for the boy's wealthy parents and was responsible for a hit-and-run accident several months earlier; while attempting to track down his probationer, Cross encounters a cast of broken and often dangerous characters who will seem familiar to the seasoned Macdonald fan.

The Warner/Grand Central paperback edition from 1991 is loaded with typos, but you get used to them as the story begins to carry you along. Three and a half stars. ( )
  Jonathan_M | Jul 1, 2018 |
Fantastic novel with a cheap-sounding title. ( )
  gtross | Jan 20, 2013 |
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Meet Me at the Morgue is the story of a kidnapping that led to four murders. In his search for the killer, Howard Cross digs deep into the Los Angeles underworld, finding along the way a beautiful, lost adolescent mourning a dead lover, a suitcase hidden under an aging sadist's bed, and a slovenly gentleman with an ice pick in his neck. Ross Macdonald has never written a story quite like this, and neither has anyone else.

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