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The Big Fix (Moses Wine #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Moses Wine thought he had put his interest in politics far behind him when he became a Los Angeles-based private detective. Sure, he'd once been an activist, but that had been during the Sixties. A lifetime ago...or so it seemed, before Lila Shea showed up on his doorstep. Lila was a woman who could have been the love of his life...had they remained together after their la ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by iBooks (first published 1973)
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Kirk
Oct 31, 2008 Kirk rated it really liked it
UPDATE: Reading a passage in Nolan's bio about Roger Simon's friendship with Ross Macdonald made me think I ought to review Simon's The Big Fix. Lo and behold I already had two and a half years ago. Whoops---but hey, at least I remember what happens in the book. And it's a nice opportunity to repost in case anybody's looking for a quick, fun throwback. Honestly, this is sorta proto-Inherent Vice.

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Just by a fluke I happened to remember that I'd seen the movie adaptation of The Big Fix
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Ed
Nov 13, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it
First published in 1973, this debut title in the PI Moses Wine series is a fun read though a little rough around the edges. Moses is a Jewish, hippie-type based in L.A. and is fond of his pot and hashish smoking. This time he's involved in solving the threats made to a presidential campaign. I guess this book is what is called "medium-boiled"--Moses can get tough when the need arises. In a number of places, the author writes with brilliant strokes. The series probably improves in the subsequent ...more
Mal Warwick
It should not have been such a surprise. A murder mystery I’d found hilarious shortly after its publication in 1973 left me cold in 2016. The Big Fix was the first of seven novels in Roger L. Simon‘s series featuring private eye Moses Wine. Set in L.A. in 1972, the book was a nonstop celebration of the drug-addled culture of the 1960s. I should have left it behind with pretty much everything else in that era. History looks better in hindsight.

The plot at the core of the book is strong. The story
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Joe  Noir
Jan 13, 2013 Joe Noir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. Moses Wine never quite left the 60's behind, and now they're catching up with him. A good mystery about a 60's radical who disappeared into the underground (ala Abbie Hoffman) but now may be trying to influence an election, against a liberal democratic candidate. Moses Wine a liberal, ex hippie, still smoking marijuana, is making a living as a private eye. He's hired to figure out whats going on. He does, and meets some dangerous people along the way. A very good award winni ...more
Joe
Jul 04, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok
I always appreciate a good opening. This one goes:
The last time I was with Lila Shea we were making love in the back of a 1952 Chrysler hearse parked across the street from the Oakland Induction Center.
Will Errickson
Dec 27, 2010 Will Errickson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Liked the Richard Dreyfuss movie version a bit better.
Chris Gager
Jun 15, 2011 Chris Gager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely remember it but I did read it and recall being entertained. Made into a decent movie with Richard Dreyfuss. Date read is a guess.
Richard
Jan 26, 2012 Richard rated it it was ok
The first Moses Wine mystery, made into a movie. Tepid, really.
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I'm a huge fan of hard-boiled novelists like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hamett, James M. Cain and others, especially those that write about L.A. So, I was excited to read "The Big Fix", but unfortunately it was interesting but a real let down. Simon names streets and name-drops lots of great L.A. locales and personalities of the time, but it was flat and the plot had huge holes that you can bulldoze through. I felt that it lacked the personality and point of view of the main detective. Moses Win ...more
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