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Krug, in Santa Monica. Albert became a wandering worker. Forty years later, Archer finds Albert in a seedy San Francisco hotel and buys vital documents from him. In The Instant Enemy. See Spanner, David. Blevins and Henrietta R. Krug Blevins see Marburg, Ruth. Jasper married Laurel Dudney see Smith, Mrs. When Mark, disgusted with his faithless wife, rewrote his will to favor Stephen, she and Jasper conspired and Jasper murdered Mark May 28, For the next fifteen years, Jasper flourished financially as Ste- phen, studied art, and married Gerda abroad.

Jasper and Ruth provided money to Alma R. Krug and Mrs. Laurel Smith, to buy their silence. When Laurel finds David, Jasper kills her. Archer exposes these machinations and turns Jasper and his mother over to Captain Robert Aubrey, a Malibu police officer. Freeman Allison, Dr. Bess, Bobby, Dr. Weather, John Weather, Mrs. Weather, Weber, Mrs.

Sonia Weil, Whitey, Mrs. Dorothy Williams. John Weather, twenty-two and a U. Army veteran, hitchhikes early in to his hometown after being away ten years, to seek employment. His mother tired of his philandering father, J. She died five years ago. Jerry remarried and was shot to death April John, stationed in England then, never knew.

She kept the Cathay Club, now a radio station located in the Palace and fea- turing Professor Salamander, a disreputable ex-physician. Kaufman tells John his granddaughter, Carla Kaufman, knew Joey but he aban- doned her. Joey, and also Garland, a vicious homosexual, warn John that they work for the dangerous Roger Kerch. John takes a taxi to the Cathay Club, owned by Floraine. He chances to meet Carla there, where she has become a prostitute. Over drinks, she says she works for but dislikes Kerch, hopes to leave town soon, says Kerch must have something on the second Mrs.

Weather, and leads John upstairs. After she weeps, they make love with hungry sincerity. John is grabbed by Moffatt, a crooked policeman beckoned by Kerch, and is driven out of town, slugged, and dumped. After identifying himself and explaining his desire to cleanse the town, he persuades Allison to get him a gun, hears him negotiate for one by telephone, and remembers the phone number.

He intends to kill Kerch. Climbing up a familiar drainpipe and through a window, he eavesdrops as Floraine and Joey reveal their longstanding intimacy. But Kerch and Garland enter, grab the pair, and announce plans to cart them to Wildwood, a deserted inn. John drives to a gas station, phones the number Allison used, and leaves a message with a woman who answers, begging for honest police action at the murder site. Salamander, brought by Kerch, ministers to Floraine but only delays her death. Kerch takes a button and some hair from John to implicate him in her murder.

Leaving John guarded by Garland, Kerch departs to consult with Sanford. John learns from an obliging maid that Kerch was there but just left. John dis- tresses Sanford by revealing that Floraine is dead. He tells her Joey and Floraine are dead, accepts breakfast but declines another love- making session, and suddenly sees Allison. Allison agrees to aid John and departs. Carla phones Kerch for a rendezvous at his club office and drives John there ahead of him. When Kerch arrives, John tortures him until he opens his safe.

Inside are proofs that Kerch and Floraine are married, her power of attorney in his favor, and a letter from Allison to Francie that would ruin his career. Moffatt bursts in with a machine gun and arrests John. Moffatt gets John to the police station, fails to beat a confession out of him, and is stopped when Hanson, having examined the scene at Wild- wood with Allison, enters and orders Moffatt and his crooked cops out.

John urges Allison to reveal his affair with Francie, arm himself, and grab Kerch and the contents of his safe, the combination of which John remembers and tells Allison. Hanson brings in Rusty, grills him, and makes him confess that he saw Garland kill Jerry. Salamander, brought in, confesses that he treated Floraine.

They find Kerch shot dead and Carla wounded. He found Kerch there, killed him, and wounded Carla. While John tells Hanson these facts over the phone, Fran- cie shoots and kills Allison. John intends to marry Carla, who is reported to be recovering, and plans to remain and try to clean up the city. So Macdonald sought and gladly accepted a contract from Alfred A. The pace of Blue City is slowed by the didacticism of John Weather. Characters: Mrs. Biemeyer, Ruth Biemeyer, Brailsford, Mrs. Fay Brighton, Brotherton, Mrs.

Holman, Dr. Ian Innes, Mrs. Jacob Whitmore. It conventionally portrays a yellow-haired young woman in an Indian serape. Archer must find it. Jack, rich from copper mines in Arizona, and Ruth have retired here. Jack, ridi- culing both Chantry and Ruth, exits. Ruth shows Archer a souvenir copy of a farewell letter Chantry wrote to his wife, Francine Chantry July 4, , before disappearing.

Ruth knows Francine. Between their houses is a barranca. Ruth tells Archer their daughter, Doris Biemeyer, twenty, is a sophomore at the local university. Archer seeks Francine at her home. She is out. He checks into a harbor motel and seeks Grimes at his office; but Paola, his Indian secretary, says he is away. Archer bribes a black clerk at a liquor store next door to tell him about Grimes, described as gray and goateed. Archer goes to the museum, finds Francine, and professes interest in its Chantrys. Archer drives to the Johnson house, where Fred lives with his parents.

His father, Gerard Johnson, is a wounded, alcoholic veteran. She boasts about Fred, who is soon to graduate; but when Fred drives up in an old Ford, she signals him away. Archer follows, loses him in traffic, and drives to Academia Village, where Doris rooms. Opening her door to him, she half-faints from taking down- ers.

Fred admits he took the picture yesterday to his room at home but insists it was stolen after that. Archer takes a burger to Doris, checks with the liquor-store clerk, buys some whisky, and is told Paola packed her car as if she were planning to leave. Archer seeks Fred at the museum. It is closed. He returns to the John- son house. Sarah is at the nearby hospital. The missing picture is not there, and Gerard knows nothing about it. Archer cannot get into a locked attic. On his way to the hospital to see Sarah, Archer finds Grimes in the street, horribly beaten.

Hospital attendants come, then the police, headed by Captain Mackendrick. Grimes dies. Betty, quick and attractive, agrees to trade information with Archer. She leaves to cover the story. When Francine returns, Archer tells her Grimes has been murdered. She admits that Grimes was invited to her party. Archer asks her if Richard Chantry, her missing husband, is alive. Archer tells her that as he was dying Grimes confused him with Chantry.

Rico enters. Rico and Francine are locked in conversation. Archer walks to another room. He sees Arthur Planter, an art critic he met earlier. Whitmore lived with his girlfriend north of the campus, at Sycamore Point. To the deputy coroner, Henry Purvis, he says Whitmore may have been murdered. Purvis says that Grimes has old drug- needle marks and that a dark woman, who mourned over his body, is now in the hospital chapel. Purvis tells Archer that Mackendrick let Betty Jo take the photo for office use.

Archer learns at the hospital that Sarah was released for stealing drugs and now works at La Paloma, a nearby convalescent home. Finding the defensive woman there, Archer learns Fred drove by with Doris this eve- ning and got money from her. Sarah insists that Fred only borrowed the painting to analyze it and that it was stolen from him at the museum.

Calling Sarah a liar, Archer asks if Fred sold it for drugs. When Archer says Grimes has been murdered, Sarah faints. They decide, although it is past midnight, to revisit Francine. Rico, with lipstick on his mouth, admits them. While waiting for Francine, Betty tells Archer that her father took her to meet Chantry twenty-five years ago when she was about four years old.


Emerging freshened, Francine looks at the pho- tograph and admits the woman in it may possibly resemble a beauty she met in Santa Fe in Archer drives with Betty to his motel, and the two sleep together. They agree to meet at the museum, where a worker says the subject of the missing painting, the photo of which he has seen, resembles that in Pe- nelope by Simon Lashman, a Tucson artist. It was displayed for a show Fred might have seen. Suspecting Fred has headed for Tucson, Archer phones Lashman, tells him the stolen picture is also of his model, whom Lashman names as Mildred Mead, and is invited to visit Lashman.

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Archer asks Betty, while he is in Ari- zona, to check on Francine, whom he tells Betty he just saw from the Biemeyer house cutting weeds in her greenhouse with Rico. The crotchety old painter has started another memory portrait of Mildred. He got his nose battered in a fight with a religious zealot. When Archer, more intimidat- ing, demands to see Doris, a black-robed leader brings her out. While they are driving to Copper City, Fred admits taking the painting but insists it was then stolen from the museum.

Brotherton drives Archer back to the commune. Doris agrees to go home. Doris spends the night with Brotherton and his wife. Archer gets a motel room for himself and Fred, who speaks maturely about his vain hope of making a name for himself by autheticating the Chantry painting, which he calls genuine though stylistically recent and with recent paint.

He defends his quarrelsome parents. Archer admires Fred. Archer, Doris, and Fred fly home. The Biemeyers are waiting. Jack re- bukes Fred, enjoys seeing the police arrest Fred, and takes Doris home without Ruth. Archer locates his car at the airport and drives Ruth to her young lawyer, Roy Lackner, whom she just consulted about a possible divorce. The girl is out. Chantry story. Archer tells her Mildred is in a local nursing home and suggests that Betty interview her. Archer visits police headquarters. He and Mackendrick exchange facts and theories. In , fresh out of the army, Mackendrick as a patrolman met Richard Chantry but has no notion concerning his present whereabouts.

Purvis tells Archer that Whitmore was drowned in fresh water and dumped in the ocean to look like an accident. Betty is not at the newspaper building, but Archer meets Mrs. Fay Brighton, the newspaper librarian. They seek Betty at a nearby restaurant, without success. He asks Jack to help him locate Betty, who, he says, was looking for Mildred. Jack replies that he dumped Mil- dred when she demanded money for better accommodations and that she is with relatives. She has no news, says she is scared, and sobs. Ruth tells him Fred has been released to his parents and Doris has run out.

Archer and Doris return to the house. Archer phones Mackendrick, tells him about the digging, and asks him to put an alert out for Betty. Archer sees Rico toss a sack into his car and drive off. Archer pursues him, stops at a pier, overpowers Rico, and retrieves the sack. Archer takes both man and sack to Mackendrick, at his office. Archer goes to the Johnson house. Lackner is there. Sarah and Fred are grateful to both men; but Gerard, drunk, orders them to leave.

In the post-midnight moonlit night, Archer and Lackner are discussing al- coholism and dysfunctional families when Gerard reappears, clicks an empty gun at Archer, and quickly gets disarmed. Sarah apologizes, and Archer drives her to her La Paloma night shift. Mackendrick is there. When Archer says Rico is singing to the police about the bones, Francine blusters, offers a bribe, and half-offers sexual favors.

Francine professes shock when Archer says Richard had a half-brother named William, and she denies knowing him. Paola thinks Richard may be alive, be- lieves he painted the missing portrait recently, killed her father, and may be gunning for her. She says her father took her a few days ago to see Mildred, at the Magnolia Court. The woman was bitter and said little. Archer gets Paola some food and a room in his motel. At the Magnolia, Archer finds Mildred. An alcoholic with remnants of beauty, Mildred admits Betty visited her this evening, learned little, and left for Sycamore Point.

At Sycamore Point Archer finds Jessie. Jessie adds that Betty visited Jessie, who told Betty all that. Archer rushes to La Paloma, where the black nurse, Mrs. Holman, reveals that Sarah and Mildred are related and that the two argued when Mildred left La Paloma. Mackendrick leaves, irate at having been kept in the dark.

Archer learns through Fay at the newspaper office that a well-spoken black woman phoned last night about Betty.

He guesses the woman is Mrs. Holman said nothing earlier because Sarah told her to deny that either Mildred or Sarah was ever there, if the cops should ask. At the Johnson house, he finds Fred, dropped there by Lackner, who will summon the police. Archer entices Gerard with whisky to open the attic, where he finds Betty, naked and trussed. She says Gerard painted her picture. He did the recent Chantry too, in that very room.

Archer finds and puts it in his car. Mackendrick seizes Gerard, Sarah, and Fred for questioning. After Archer and Betty have lunch, she returns to her office. So the whole Johnson family is a fake. Francine has fled. Brotherton just reported to Purvis that William was buried in Santa Teresa, where his wife lives or lived. A neighbor at her address says she married a drunk named Johnson and is a nurse.

Archer and Purvis talk to Sarah, who is preparing to leave. Archer parks outside and watches. Betty takes a cab to her car. She says her editor is squeamish about printing her Chantry scoop. This because Francine just phoned Betty from a waterfront bar there; she had a car accident and is stranded. They arrive in two hours and return Francine to Santa Teresa to freshen up and face interrogation. On the way she reveals this: She never knew Richard began posing as Gerard Johnson; Sarah was the woman who phoned demanding money. Archer and Betty bed down in his motel. Pur- suing, he learns she was refused permission to see Chantry.

He spots her at the railing of the courthouse observation platform. Archer rushes up, prevents her from jumping to her death, and releases her to Lansing, the glory-seeking district attorney. Not permitted to talk with Chantry, Archer returns the painting to Ruth, accuses her of knowing Mildred was in town, of knowing Jack was revis- iting her, and of buying the picture as a warning to Jack.

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To both Jack and Ruth, Archer summarizes: William killed Richard in the desert, put his own uniform on the corpse; Francine accepted William as her hus- band thereafter; Mildred identified the dead Richard as William; Jack got Brotherton to quash the murder inquiry. Hopeless now, Jack gloats to Ruth that William is his son by Mildred.

While Archer is driving Jack to the courthouse, Jack amplifies: Felix and Mildred threw a party; Jack at- tended; he was seventeen when William was conceived; Mildred told Fe- lix he was the father; Mildred helped Jack through college and then got Felix to hire him; Felix stopped support money for Mildred when she turned to Lashman. Jack sees his weeping son in jail. It was widely re- viewed, often favorably, despite its repetition of old thematic and plot patterns. Archer is uniquely mellow and introspective in it, perhaps as a hint that it is his swan song.

He is reluctant to serve Bessie Land more liquor. Bob, evidently a soldier, knows her. In Blue City, he is the brother of the waiter at the restaurant where John Weather grabs a meal. The waiter says strike breakers at Alonzo P. Bolling helps him substantially. Bolling owes something to the personality of the Santa Barbara poet Kenneth Rexroth, whose performance of chanting his poetry cum recorded jazz Macdonald once attended and disliked. Bosch teaches at Los Angeles State College.

His best student was Francis Martel, then known as Pedro Do- mingo. Bosch, in his mid-thirties and a splendid teacher, gives Archer useful information. He is middle-aged, not successful, but cheerful. Real name: William Anthony Par- ker White. Writer and editor. He published his first novel in , married , and had two children. Boucher was an invaluable member of various organizations associated with mystery and crime writers, notably Mystery Writers of America, of which he was founding director, and Baker Street Irregulars.

A Roman Catholic, a lin- guist, and a translator, he was interested in spectator sports, poker, good food, silent movies, and music. He needs money to avoid losing his wife, Carol.

He is in trouble when he and Molly Fawn conspire to grab ransom money paid by Abel Johnson for the return of his son. In Find a Victim, he is a tough criminal, twenty-one. At a Los Angeles hotel, he registered himself and Jo as Mr. John Brown. When asked by the Las Cruses D. In The Chill. See Osborne, Senator. Full name: George Roy Bradshaw. He married Letitia O. Twenty-five years his elder, she sent Roy to Harvard for his Ph.

Bradshaw, his mother, when he became dean of Pacific Point College.

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Roy, in his forties, loved Constance McGee, and when tired of Mrs. Bradshaw fell for and married Laura Sutherland. To throw off suspicion, Roy professed to be in love with Helen Haggerty, whom Mrs. Bradshaw therefore murdered. Roy is killed when Mrs. Brad- shaw smashes into his car with her Rolls. Tish married and divorced Val Macready. When Luke, her brother-in-law, found Tish and her lover, Roy Bradshaw, in bed, an argument resulted in her killing Luke. Tish married Roy. He became dean of Pacific Point College, and the two pretended to be mother and son with an age difference of twenty-five years.

Bradshaw killed her. Archer meets Mrs. Braga is furious when his cousin Tony Aquista is murdered. His interference with Archer causes Jo Summer to escape tem- porarily. Francine Chantry is so important that she partly controls what Brailsford can print. In The Dark Tunnel, he is the hero- narrator, twenty-nine.

When his friend, Dr. Alec Judd, is murdered, Branch investigates. He suspects Dr. Herman Schneider until he is murdered. Bibliography: Schopen. She knows Betty Jo Siddon. Once a news hen, Fay failed twenty years ago to locate Richard Chantry. She knew Jacob Whitmore and gives Archer information. He evidently participated in nine or ten Pacific landings, then did a lot of boating and tennis playing.

He seemingly made plans in to meet Ellen Kilpatrick in Reno but was murdered and buried in his red Porsche sports car. When he planned his getaway with Ellen? Ralph Smith. Edna Snow was then Mrs. Broadhurst, whose maiden name was Falconer, is being cheated by Brian Kilpatrick. She hires Archer to find Ronny when Stanley disappears with him. Archer is attracted to her but bothered by her histrionics.

When Stanley takes Ronald away, Jean hires Archer to find him. In The Ferguson Affair, he is a widowered pawn- broker. Ella Barker nursed him in the hospital. He proposed to her. When she rejected him, he introduced her to Larry Gaines. Broadman worked with the burglary gang and is murdered.

Al killed his adul- terous wife. Years later, his daughter, Anita, kills Franklin Connor, who spurned her. She sees him making love with Virginia Green and kills her. She is expected to welcome Doris Biemeyer to their home over- night. He boasts to Archer that forty years before he slept with Mildred Mead. Sheriff Brotherton cooperates somewhat with Archer, who regards him as a fine man if ar- tificially folksy.

Full name: John Brown, Jr. Brown, when sixteen, crossed to Michigan with Peter Culligan, who was in league with Gordon Sable and who told him about his parents and Nelson. Brown got to Ann Arbor, was befriended by Gabriel R. Archer wrongly accuses Brown of fakery. Brown falls in love with Sheila Howell and will inherit. Brown said that in childhood fantasies he called himself Percival Fitzroy, son of an English lord; in college, he registered as John Lindsay. Macdonald saw in John Brown, Jr. Brown and her hus- band bicker about their earlier, different treatment of their murdered daughter.

Brown gives Archer a lead enabling him to locate Otto Sipe. When Archer meets Brown, he is about fifty-eight. Full name: Theodora Gavin Brown.

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She gave birth to his son, John Brown Jr. The couple changed their names to Mr. Nelson Fredericks. Archer finds them all. She is never truly reconciled with her son. Biographer, editor, and educator.

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He married Arlyn Firkins in ; they have four children. In the s Bruccoli cofounded and became president of Bruc- coli Clark Layman, a prolific publishing firm. Work on a Chandler bibliographical checklist led Bruccoli to consider preparing one on Macdonald. Bruccoli visited Macdonald in Santa Barbara Macdonald dedicated The Underground Man to Bruccoli. Also arrested were Dr.

Fred Thomas, an obstetrician, and Theresa Behrens. Buchanan-Dineen was accused of trying to give German government agents information concerning Ford Motor Company war production and plans for ferrying military aircraft abroad. Thomas was charged with gathering information about Western Electric Company war production in Ohio. Behrens was accused of gathering data about war-materiel transportation. Hoffman, a Canadian-born Amer- ican citizen who worked at the Ford Motor Company , was ac- cused of giving Buchanan-Dineen production and shipping data.

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Buchanan-Dineen was said to be of noble French extraction, well edu- cated, and from Canada. She had been recruited for espionage work by the Nazis, through Sari de Hajek, a Hungarian exchange stu- dent at Vassar College. Her husband, Gyula Rozinek, a German spy, accompanied her, was ar- rested in San Francisco for kiting checks, and was deported. Buchanan- Dineen entered the United States and lived near a naval armory in Detroit.

Behrens, born in Yugoslavia to German parents, moved to Detroit , was naturalized , and often visited Germany. Tho- mas, born in Ohio, studied in Germany and practiced in Detroit from Hoffman, born in Canada, knew a restaurateur serving a life sen- tence for helping a Nazi aviator escape from a Canadian prison. Behrens pleaded guilty October 3, Countess Marianna von Moltke, wife of a suspended Wayne State University professor of languages, pleaded guilty in Detroit Ocober 8, to charges of espionage and collabo- rating with Buchanan-Dineen. Her sentence was delayed March because she offered the authorities information.

Buchanan-Dineen pleaded guilty October 27, Thomas, mentally incompetent, was convicted February 25, , but his sixteen-year prison sentence March 17, was dismissed. Sentences of the others varied from five to twenty years. The action of the novel occurs September 22—25, , in Detroit and Canada. It was published on September 12, Archer drinks with her to gain information about Judson. She leads Archer to Rina Campbell in a room there. Busch tackles Marfeld until she is pistol-whipped. She lives in Malibu and tells Archer where Ray is.

In The Zebra-Striped Hearse, he is the owner of the zebra-striped hearse, lives in a canyon above Malibu, and has several cronies, notably Mona Sutherland. In The Ivory Grin, this is filed as the name of one of Dr. Campbell was a failure as a family man, providing inadequately for his wife, Teeny Camp- bell, and their daughters, Helen Wall and Rina Campbell. As Dr. Rescued by Archer from mortal danger, she reveals much about Isobel. Ross Macdonald , by Matthew J. Harcourt Brace Jovanich The author has written many critical works of modern authors. The book has photos I have not seen anywhere else. Bruccoli reworked much of the material in this book into several others which I am not listing separately.

The author is a professor of English at Vanderbilt and has published several volumes of criticism, including one on Eudora Welty see Meanwhile There are Letters below. He packs a lot into pages. Auden as being critical in his evolution as a writer. His opinions of some of the novels are at variance with many other critics, which is how it should be. There can be no debate without disagreement. For me, this is the most useful of the critical studies. Ross Macdonald , by Bernard A. Schopen, Twayne Publishers Schopen is a mystery writer himself, which gives this added interest, and he analyzes the books in terms of their dramatic effectiveness, weighing what works and what does not.

He has clear opinions, strongly stated and well argued. As a writer myself, I find his approach very accessible. The book has only two flaws. Second, because it is part of a standardized series on American authors, at pages, it is too short. Which is a good thing to say about a book; I am reminded of the Ambrose Bierce review that the book had too much space between the covers.

Macdonald produced 19 novels and a volume of short stories. To do him justice is a bigger project. The author, a professor of English, is unbelievably prolific, with approximately twenty full length critical studies of twentieth century authors. At pages, he has given himself room to work. The analysis is careful, sometimes almost line by line, and he seldom makes a conclusion without justification. He is a structuralist who looks at the text without probing too deeply into the personality of the writer.

This may make this a book of more interest to those interested in literature as a form rathan than ordinary readers. It was also written before The Blue Hammer, which is unfortunate; I would have loved to know what he thought of it. Written as part of a series on detective and suspense writers, it was crafted to fit a space, in this case, pages in a large font.

I do not agree with some of his conclusions. But still very much worth it. The book is adapted from her Ph. Karydes writes well and I enjoyed this one greatly. Inward Journey , edited by Ralph B. Sipper, Cordelia Editions