Following an excerpt of a positive review of Macdonald's books taken from the "Hartford Courant Magazine," and a brief teaser for this "new explosive and fascinating mystery" is a paragraph that begins: "As always with Macdonald, this mystery reads like a novel; his characters are real people, and they live in a society about which the author makes penetrating comments as the story races along."
...this mystery reads like a novel...
Then what were those other guys writing?
Chandler usually gets the last word: "If people call my book just another mystery I can't help it, but by God I'm not going to do the calling myself."
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