Meet Me At The Morgue
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 s...more
A boy from a wealthy family is kidnapped, and Howard Cross begins his own investigation. The police are convinced the family chauffeur is involved, but Cross--the chauffeur's probation officer--isn't so sure.
The protagonist Howard Cross is almost Lew Archer but not quite, and therein lies the problem. He's tough enough, cynical enough and compassionate enough beneath the cynicism, but he begins with a bias (he "has a dog in this hunt," as President Clinton would say), and, as the action proceed ...more
Ross Macdonald is top shelf when it comes to detective fiction. Unfortunately, he is sometimes overshadowed and overlooked by more popular Hardboiled mystery writers like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett . Zebra-Striped Hearse was the first Ross Macdonald book I ever read and I've been hooked ever since.
Meet Me at the Morgue is a pager-turner ...more
This was not a Lew Archer novel. Macdonald attempted to branch out his hero base by introducing Howard Cross, the head of a county probation department in the L.A. area. It’s hard to fool us readers, though, as Cross turns out to be just another alter ego for Lew Archer. He has the moral ethos and the same personality. The big difference is that Howard doesn’t carry a gun. The story is focused on the kidnapping of a young boy. Cross’s job ...more
That being said, it has some great twists and turns and the always top notch Macdonald characterization and dialogue but I can definitely understand why he gave up on ...more
My first MacDonald novel, though I've seen films of some of the others. I really enjoyed it and hope to read more. The writing is well-paced and tight, with no extraneous details; MacDonald achieves the "hard boiled noir" ambience without the ...more
I would have given this book three stars (because not all that much happened, and such) but since I did ...more
In reality, Howard could have figured out where Jamie was much sooner than he did; ...more
As for the story itself, it was a little confusing but got wrapped up in a nice neat confession at the end.
The only real problem I had was with the flat, facile characterization of Helen Johnson. But hey, did you know she had red hair? Yes, Red ...more
I liked the characters, pace, voice and story construction. Easy, enjoyable read.
1) There's a limit to the number of characters who can give the protagonist seemingly unrelated (but later relevant) information and then say, "I don't know why I'm telling you this."
2) It turns out that EVERYBODY is connected to EVERYBODY ELSE in at least two ways.
Millar was born in Los Gatos, California, and raised in his parents' native Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he started college. When his father abandoned his family unexpectedly, ...more