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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

The Lady in the Lake

The Lady in the Lake - Raymond Chandler I liked this quite well. Getting into it was a bit difficult because I was still having issues with the unsatisfactory ending of Blonde Faith. But, once that was behind me, I got into the book. The final resolution was a bit convoluted, but not too bad.

Basically, Philip Marlowe is asked to help a rich guy find his missing wife. She'd been gone for a month before he got suspicious that something might be amiss, but then he did and brought Marlowe into the picture. Marlowe started up with a lake-side cabin where the spouse was want to hide out. In poking around, they discovered a body in the lake, presumed to be that of the caretaker's wife, who had gone missing at the same time. Well, the bodies of gigolos and hoods pile up, there are corrupt cops, there is a doctor who makes his living making evening house calls, delivering dope to his clients, etc. All the fine stuff of noire fiction. A great read.