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
The protagonist and POV character in this first person mystery is a Parole Officer named Howard Cross who takes it upon himself to investigate a kidnapping involving a parolee when the child's family refuses to call in the authorities. The it isn't long before the first dead body turns up, but...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
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
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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