By Ross MacDonald
While Lew Archer is employed to get the products at the suspiciously clever Frenchman who's run off together with his client's female friend, it feels like an easy case of alienated affections. issues glance diversified while the mysterious foreigner seems to be hooked up to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of playing money owed. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his finest.
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Her hood is edged with fur that hides all but the white curve of her cheek. The hem of her dress has a geometric border of pale blue. She is walking away with a bundle in her arms, something wrapped tightly, as if against the cold. The trees hold their branches numbly toward the sky; they frame the road. Someone has left a red cloth on the bench in front of the house at the end of the lane—a shawl, perhaps, or a small tablecloth, the only spot of bright color. The woman shields her bundle with her arms, with her gloved hands, turning her back on the center of the village as quickly as possible.
He looked down then and sighed as if it hurt him even to exhale. “No. You don’t understand. I wasn’t attacking her. ” “For someone else? ” I kept my gaze fixed on him. “Did you feel you were doing it for your wife? ” “You can talk with her,” he said, as if he didn’t care one way or the other. “You can even talk with Mary if you want. You can look at the pictures if you want. I don’t care. ” I asked. It was not his ex-wife’s name. I waited a little, but he was silent. “Are the pictures you mentioned pictures of her?
Then he stopped and let himself just be led away, for some reason. The museum is trying to decide whether or not to press assault charges. ” I studied the backyard again. ” “Just a pocketknife. Nothing dramatic, but he could have done a lot of damage. He was very excited, thought he was on a heroic mission, and then broke down at the station, said he hadn’t slept in days, even cried a little. ” I could hear John waiting for my answer. ” I knew, and laughed. Turning fifty just two years before had shocked us both, and we’d covered it by celebrating with several friends who were in the same situation.
Black Money by Ross MacDonald