By Ross MacDonald
Las Cruces wasn't a spot so much tourists may imagine to prevent. yet after Lew Archer performs the nice samaritan and selections up a bloodied hitchhiker, he unearths himself on the town for a couple of days looking ahead to a homicide inquest. A hijacked truck jam-packed with liquor and an explanation field choked with marijuana, $20,000 from a massive time financial institution heist by means of a small time criminal, corruption, adultery, incest, prodigal daughters and abused better halves all make the little city look much more fascinating than any consultant publication ever might. and because the homicide cost rises, Archer reveals himself stuck up in secret the place everyone seems to be a suspect and everyone's a sufferer.
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But the worth-while game, the game that should be hunted, the really big beasts, were under the protection of the state, like beasts in a zoological garden. Dr. Lutz looked angry when he heard this sermon. 19 THE Q U A R R Y He found it most objectionable, and actually he thought it improper not to protest against such immoral attitudes. But after all, the old man was sick and would very soon retire. Thank God. Unfortunately, he had to go now, he said, swallowing his anger, he was due at a meeting of the Public Welfare Office at eleven-thirty.
The room spun around for a moment, Gulliver re minded him of a giant bat. Then the room stood still again, only it was a little bit crooked. But that he could take in his stride. “ You knew Nehle,” said Barlach. The giant replied, “ I had dealings with him occa sionally,” and occupied himself with his vodka. Then he started to talk, but now no longer in his former cold, clear voice, but in a strangely singing tone, which became more marked when what he said was ironic or sarcastic, but which was sometimes nevertheless soft and tempered.
30 GULLIVER B ut around midnight the old man awakened when a soft noise came from the window and the cold night air rushed in. The Commissioner did not turn on the lights at once. Instead, he pondered what was happening. He guessed that the shutters were slowly being pushed up. The darkness that surrounded him lifted; phantomlike, the curtains fluttered in the uncertain light. Then he heard the shutters being cautiously pulled down. Again the impenetrable darkness of midnight surrounded him, but he sensed that a figure was moving toward him from the window.