Either my memory is failing me, or there are just too many characters being thrown at me too quickly. The use of multiple names per person (Nora, Mrs. Charles) and the party scene in Chapter 7 didn't help. So I actually made a list of characters/people mentioned
[ ] Nick Charles
[ ] Nora Charles
[ ] Asta - the schnauzer
[ ] Clyde Miller Wynant - inventor
[ ] Herbert Macaulay - Clyde's lawyer
[ ] Dorothy (Dorry) Wynant - daughter
[ ] Gilbert Wynant - brother
[ ] Mimi (Wynant) Jorgensen
[ ] Mr. Christian Jorgensen
[ ] Julia Wolf
[ ] Harrison Quinn
[ ] Mrs. Alice Quinn
[ ] Margot Innes
[ ] Albert Norman
[ ] Larry Crowley
[ ] Denis - girl with Crowley
[ ] The Edges
[ ] Shep Morelli - accused of murder
[ ] Studsy Burke
[ ] Policeman John Guild
[ ] Victor Rosewater
We'll see if this helps.
Golly these folks are boozers!!! I wonder if they don't trust the water. If I drank as much as they did, I wouldn't be able to think straight. Is it an attempt to portray an idealized life of the leisure class or something else?
While it's a hall-mark of classic noir, I'm also not particularly enjoying the obsessively male gaze.
I do want to fill the Classic Noir square, and it's a short book, so I think I'll keep going a bit longer. But I've just requested The Best American Noir of the Century - James Ellroy,Otto Penzler from the library as a backup.
I enjoyed spending time back in the skewed world of PC Grant and his "Falcon" cases. But at the same time, I was slightly disappointed by Installment #6 in The Rivers of London Series.
Not sure how much of that disappointment is from The Hanging Tree being a weaker, mature series book, where it feels like all that gets advanced is the plot and the character's don't grow much.
We DO learn the name/identity of a key villain, but somehow that doesn't seem to change much of anything.
Or how much of my disappointment is just general malaise and book hangover from the intensity of the last few weeks of Booklikes-opoly.