The Way Some People Die
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|Genre||Detective, Mystery novel|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Drowning Pool|
|Followed by||The Ivory Grin|
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 ), Palm Springs, San Francisco, and back again, trying to tie together details that seem as random as they are violent.
Facts and quotations
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.
- "Ross Macdonald [1915-83] Page at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
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