Don't make the mistake of thinking that that attitude wasn't dated in 1957. It was. Hence the difference you see in a other novels from the same year. JDM's writing annoyed people then and I see it's still annoying them today.
> Case in point: I just finished John D. MacDonald's "The Price of Murder". A
> fine read, for sure, but there are certain things in it that dates it just
> so badly. Most obvious is the almost bullyish attitude towards women;
> according to JDM they need a firm male fist to keep them in line. "That
> pretty little wife of yours might benefit greatly if you were to beat her
> frequently" one of the characters says at one point -- and that's from one
> of the good guys. I mean -- what the hell is that?
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