Monday, May 26, 2014
The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black
Wise cracking, heavy smoking, hard drinking Marlowe is again on a case full of misdirection, beautiful women, connected people getting away with murder, and much else in a very satisfying sequel in the series. It's a little later in time from his earlier books but the L.A. area hasn't changed now that they're into the 1950's. A high class blond with jet black eyes walks into his office with the desire to find a boyfriend who has gone missing. Sounds a little fishy, but just for the sake of being able to see her again and the fact that he's between other cases, he starts to dive into the details. As you would expect, the details seem to change over time and persons unknown also are looking for the missing boyfriend as well. The motives of most of the people you meet are blurred or completely unknown but when revealed make sense. The story moves right along and is satisfying both as a stand-alone book and a welcome return of a great character done with wit and good writing. It's a good summer read, or anytime, really. Enjoy.