THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE (1974)
THE BLUE HAMMER (1976)
The Blue Hammer is the last book in the Lew Archer series written by Ross Macdonald. Archer is hired by the Biemeyers – Jack and Ruth – to investigate the disappearance (theft?) of a painting by artist Richard Chantry. As Archer investigates the case, he becomes interested in the life of Chantry who was supposed to be a genius and was posed for big things before his own disappearance. As the mystery deepens, Archer dwells into the past to reveal its continuing influence on the events in the present. The search becomes not so much for a lost painting as for lost father-figures.
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (1981)
Are there books that you find so disgusting that you want to wipe them off your memory? This is one such. Had I not been reading it on my computer but instead had a physical copy, I would have thrown it in the trash-can, something that I never-never do to book. A private investigator becomes obsessed with a woman he is supposed to investigate. The woman is a femme-fatale who goes on killing lovers and husbands (One of whom she gets eaten alive by a shark while another is bitten by a rattle-snake) and running away with their money. She goes on a killing rampage once because her protege has been killed in a robbery attempt (The girl had been shot by the employee of a shop who himself lost his life in safeguarding the shop that he worked at – an act described as foolish by the author. After all he wasn’t the owner! Apparently, the author dwells in a different moral universe than me)
Yet it is the author’s attempts (insidious to me) to create sympathy for the murderess that really made me mad: She is growing old and losing her beauty (sob!sob!); she has to wear glasses (sob!sob!); and dear me she has to work as a waitress [after running through her fortune(s)]. Please….
First Line: In the heart of the West End, there are many quiet pockets, unknown to almost all but taxi drivers who traverse them with expert knowledge and arrive triumphantly thereby at Park Lane, Berkeley Square or South Audley Street.
Title: At Bertram’s Hotel
Author: Agatha Christie
Publication Details: London: Fontana, 1965
First Published: 1965
Source: H.M. Library[F.C.A 49 AP]
Other books read of the same author: (Among Others) And Then There Were None
First Line: I drove up to the house on a private road that widened at the summit into a parking Apron.
Title: The Blue Hammer
Author: Ross Macdonald
Publication Details: ND: Rupa & Co., 1978
First Published: 1976
Source: H.M. Library [F.M.A 234]
Other books read of the same author: The Galton Case
First Line: The Eye’s desk was in a corner by the window
Title: Eye of the Beholder
Author: Marc Behm
Publication Details: NY: Ballantine Books, 1999
First Published: 1981
Source: Open Library
Other books read of the author: (Thankfully) None