Friday, October 22, 2010

Ask For Me Tomorrow by Margaret Millar


Gilda Decker, a twice-married dame of a certain age, having learned that her first husband made it big in a real estate deal down in Baja, wants to find him and cash in. Her long-time lawyer hooks Gilly up with an up-and-comer in his firm, a bilingual young man called Tom Aragon, whose job will be to head down to Mexico and find B.J.Lockwood, Gilly's first husband.

A simple enough task, if one that's likely to be somewhat bereft of creature comforts for the duration of the young man's trip. Or so Tom thinks. But from the journey's start--a small village with no electricity or indoor plumbing--creature comforts will be the least of Tom Aragon's worries. As he tracks the movements of B.J.Lockwood from village to city to the prison where his trail seems to end, strange events follow him. First one, then another of the people who may have knowledge of Lockwood's whereabouts end up dead.

Will Tom Aragon be next?

Margaret Millar's Ask For Me Tomorrow is a short, taut suspense novel. It is elegantly constructed with a suprise ending that shocks. The dialog is snappy--clever, fast and sophisticated in a manner harking back to novels and movies of the forties. The characters are complex and flawed, and the settings are evocatively described--one can smell the beer and cheap whiskey, the urine and vomit, in the dives to which Tom Aragon's search takes him.


There's a lot of good crime fiction being produced today. But reading a gem such as Ask For Me Tomorrow truly drives home the point that writers should read, read, and read some more in the genre in which they choose to work. I can think of quite a few contemporary writers who would be well-served by soaking up some smart, well-written and well-plotted vintage crime fiction.


This review was submitted to

CymLowell

6 comments:

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Following you from Book Blog Hop.
I like surprise endings.... but smeling the urine and vomit? Good thing books don't come with scents!

Ree said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm now following you via RSS :)

In answer to your question, my first book for the YA Dystopian Challenge was Birthmarked by Caragh M O'Brien (http://www.literaryobsession.com/index.php/birthmarked-caragh-m-obrien/) and I really loved it. I'm hoping there's a sequel!

Cozy in Texas said...

I stopped by your blog today - interesting review.
Ann
Cozy In Texas

Sam said...

Hi Rebecca,

I found your blog on the book blogs website and I really love all of the features you have on it. I'm now following you :)

Sam at Tiny Library

Marce said...

Thanks for visiting, i'm a new follower now. I enjoyed looking through your review list. I love to find more bloggers that read suspense, mystery and some great Adult Fiction.

TheBookGirl said...

This sounds like the perfect read for my husband who reads exclusively mysteries, and prefers the vintage ones :)