Wednesday, May 02, 2012
30. The Doomsters by Ross MacDonald
Archer gets involved, driven by sympathy for the young man and some belief that he wasn't entirely wrong in is suspicions. The reader is introduced to another broken, twisted, hateful California family and the corrupt town that grew up around them. It's a dark, sordid journey that also goes deep into Lew Archer's own psyche (the reason the young man came to him was because he had escaped with a heroin addict who used to be a protege of Archer's). MacDonald sometimes tries a bit too hard with the psychologizing and the moralizing, but it's all in aid of a good story and a nasty expose of nasty people. The bodies really pile up in this one, too! Good stuff.