The Chill 1: Description and style
Macdonald uses a spare style of writing, with little description. Many descriptions are couched in terms of similies:
Ross Macdonald wrote:
- The hotel photographer: "a thin spry man wearing a heavy camera like and albatross around his neck"
- Thomas McGee / Chuck Begley: "a man of fifty or so wearing an open-necked black shirt from which his head jutted like a weathered stone."
- Madge Gehardi: "Her eyes were the colour of gin."
- Laura Sutherland: "The front of her blouse curved out over her desk like a spinnaker going downwind."
It's a laconic style that seems characteristic of the hardboiled detective genre.
Is this an effective style? Is it enough to paint a picture in your mind of people and places? Would you have liked more description?