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The Goodbye Look
The Goodbye Look | Ross Macdonald
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In The Goodbye Look, Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The prime suspect, their son Nick, has a talent for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a family with money and memories to burn. As Archer zeros in on Nick, he discovers a troubled blonde, a stash of wartime letters, a mysterious hobo. Then a stiff turns up in a car on an empty beach. And Nick turns up with a Colt .45. In The Goodbye Look, Ross Macdonald delves into the world of the rich and the troubled and reveals that the past has a deadly way of catching up to the present. If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his pre-decessors had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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rabbitprincess
The Goodbye Look | Ross Macdonald
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Another solid Lew Archer novel.

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rabbitprincess
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Found a receipt in my copy of The Goodbye Look: it's from what I presume is the now-defunct Laurier Books, which was located in L'Esplanade Laurier, a small mall / government office complex in downtown Ottawa. The receipt is dated February 19, 1985 😮

Crazeedi Very cool 3y
Henrik_Madsen Nice - it adds just a little flavour to a book. 3y
Lcsmcat I love finds like that! 3y
rabbitprincess @Crazeedi It was a neat find! @Henrik_Madsen Yes! I wonder if this is where the book would have been sold when it was new. @Lcsmcat I like this almost as much as free bookmarks (which I've also found in used books). 3y
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rabbitprincess
The Goodbye Look | Ross Macdonald
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My choice for #HelloGoodbye should be obvious 😉 Have to get back to the Lew Archer series!
#HeyJune