RARA-AVIS: The Ferguson Affair

From: Mario Taboada ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Jul 2002

Whenever Bill Crider says he is getting rid of something, the thought strikes me that I must either join him in the tossing or reread the damn thing. This happened to me with Ross Macdonald's The Ferguson Affair, a novel I barely remembered.

I am happy to report that the novel holds up well; both the plot, which is very solid, and the protagonist, attorney William Gunnarson, is well drawn. The book is less gloomy and the action faster than in the Archer novels Macdonald was writing at the time; parts of it read like a procedural. I highly recommend this obscure title.

My copy is part of a Detective Book Club three-for-one omnibus, which also contains Helen Nielsen's _Sing Me A Murder_, a beautifully constructed novel that I had never read, and _Murder After A Fashion_, by one Spencer Dean (I haven't read it). Nielsen deserves attention. I am going to pick up more of her stuff.

Is Spencer Dean for real? It sounds suspiciously like a pen-name. I browsed this novel and the tone is hardboiled, the language reminiscent of the paperette era. I will probably have to read this. I'm intrigued.

Best regards,


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