Sunday, December 18, 2011

The way some people die

 The thing about Macdonald is that he writes elegantly and simply. Chandler will freak you out with his twists. Hammett will leave you in awe but Macdonald is the tops for noir.

This is from a Ross Macdonald novel. When this book was first published in 1951, I doubt if anyone realised the horrors of heroin. Here we have an addict describe to Archer the feeling of cold turkey and it sent a chill down my neck.

'How do you know, have you had it?'
'No'
'Then you don't know what you're talking about. It turns you inside out. I was down on the beach last night and every time a wave slapped the sand it hit me like an earthquake, the end of the world. I lay back and looked straight up and there wasn't any sky. Nothing but yellow specks in my eyes, and the black. It's funny, it felt as if I was falling into myself, I was hollow like a well and falling down me. She touched her stomach. 'It's funny I'm still alive. It was like dying.'

1 comment:

Igneos said...

When you think to yourself, how do addicts commit crime, think what you would do if you thought it was the end of the world?

I heard once that a drug dealer can make 15000% profit on heroin. It is scary.