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The Big Fix (Moses Wine #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  7 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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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...more
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
Joe  Noir
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
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.
Chris Gager
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.
The first Moses Wine mystery, made into a movie. Tepid, really.
Will Errickson
Liked the Richard Dreyfuss movie version a bit better.
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