Re: RARA-AVIS: _Blue Lonesome_

Juri Nummelin (
Tue, 7 Sep 1999 15:28:05 +0300 (EET DST)

On Thu, 2 Sep 1999, William Denton wrote:

> For those who haven't read it, it's the story of a bored, lonely
> accountant who becomes mildly obsessesed with a woman he sees in a
> restaurant. She eats the same meal, night after night, and she's very
> depressed and utterly lonely. Within a couple of weeks she's killed
> herself, and the accountant sets off the find out why she ended up as she
> did. He tracks her back to a small, dusty town and his investigation
> there upsets a lot of people and sets a lot of things in motion.

Sounds rather like Bill Ballinger's "Portrait in Smoke" (1950), in which the protagonist (he isn't a PI, but acts like one) tries to find out why his female client doesn't pay her bills. He searches the woman's life and finds out some terrible things. It's a mediocre book, but worth to look.


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