About Collected Millar: The Tom Aragon Novels: Ask for Me Tomorrow; The Murder of Miranda; Mermaid
The California hills are filled with folly as one of Margaret Millar most beloved characters, Tom Aragon, a Mexican-American lawyer turned private investigator, looks into three very bizarre vanishings.
One of her few reoccurring characters, Tom Aragon, ranks among Millar’s best creations. A charming and competent young lawyer, Aragon finds himself navigating one entitled nest of vipers after another, let alone racial prejudice, in three of Millar’s most unusual and humorous novels.
In Ask For Me Tomorrow (1976) Gilda Decker needs a new bag, what with her second husband being suddenly crippled and her ex-husband hiding himself and his money somewhere in the hinterlands of Mexico. Gilda’s recently retained lawyer, Tom Aragon, Mexican himself, is the best man for the job. But as Aragon digs deeper into her ex-husband’s past the more dangerous his job becomes.
Tom Aragon returns in The Murder of Miranda (1979), which sees Aragon on his most entertaining case yet, looking into the simultaneous disappearances of Miranda Shaw and Grady Keaton. Shaw, a recently widowed woman of fifty, was last seen with Keaton, a young lifeguard half her age that worked at the prestigious Penguin Beach Club. The clues come one stranger than the next in this often hilarious novel of folly among the California elite.
No dragnet is large or small enough to find Cleo Jasper, the beautiful and missing young woman at the center of Mermaid (1982), Tom Aragon’s third and final outing. Retained by the woman’s doting brother, who will spare no expense to find his sister, Aragon soon realizes that he has once again found himself in over his head when Cleo’s friend turns up dead amidst a sea of somewhat dubious suicide notes.
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PRAISE FOR COLLECTED MILLAR
“A writer whose own work is every bit as psychologically bruising and critically acclaimed as that of her husband [Ross Macdonald], if not as well known. But [Syndicate Books] hopes to rectify that with Collected Millar.” —Kevin Burton Smith, Mystery Scene Magazine
“Razor-sharp.” —The Seattle Times
PRAISE FOR MARGARET MILLAR
Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year
“One of the most original and vital voices in all of American crime fiction.” —Laura Lippman
“I long ago changed my writing name to Ross Macdonald for obvious reasons.” —Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald), in a letter to the Toronto Saturday Night newspaper
“Very Original.” —Agatha Christie
“Stunningly original.” —Val McDermid
“She has few peers, and no superior in the art of bamboozlement.” —Julian Symons
“Written with such complete realization of every character that the most bitter antagonist of mystery fiction may be forced to acknowledge it as a work of art.” —Anthony Boucher reviewing Beast in View for the New York Times
“Margaret Millar can build up the sensation of fear so strongly that at the end it literally hits you like a battering ram.” —BBC
“Wonderfully ingenious.” —The New Yorker
“Brilliantly superlative… One of the most impressive additions to mystery literature—and the word “literature” is used in its fullest sense.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“In the whole of crime fiction’s distinguished sisterhood, there is no one quite like Margaret Millar.” —The Guardian
“A superb writer.” —H.R.F. Keating
“She writes minor classics.” —Washington Post
“Mrs. Millar doesn’t attract fans she creates addicts.” —Dilys Winn, namesake of the Dilys Award