The Way Some People Die

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The Way Some People Die
First edition
Author Ross Macdonald
Country United States
Language English
Series Lew Archer
Genre Detective, Mystery novel
Publisher Knopf
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Preceded by The Drowning Pool
Followed by The Ivory Grin

The Way Some People Die is a detective mystery written in 1951 by Ross Macdonald, the third book featuring his private eye, Lew Archer.

Plot introduction[edit]

Mrs. Samuel Lawrence gives Lew Archer 50 dollars for one day of his time to find her daughter Galatea (a.k.a. Galley). Archer soon discovers she was married to a small-time mobster named Joe Tarantine. And shortly after that, a big-time mobster offers him five thousand to find Tarantine. The investigation quickly gains a body count and Lew is constantly drawn from Los Angeles to Pacific Point (a fictionalized version of La Jolla[1] ), Palm Springs, San Francisco, and back again, trying to tie together details that seem as random as they are violent.

Facts and quotations[edit]

This book introduces the second of two cities Ross invented and was to use commonly in his work, Pacific Point, located south of Los Angeles.

"Some of my colleagues think that The Way Some People Die is the best of my twenty books." – Ross Macdonald.

"The best novel in the tough tradition I've read since Farewell, My Lovely and possibly since The Maltese Falcon." - Anthony Boucher, New York Times book review, August 5, 1951.