This sequence takes place after Mandy has discovered another victim. He has also been busy helping Donna who has become rather unwell. Throughout the book, he relies on his Volvo Amazon to get him around. This scene sees him taking the beleaguered car in for some fast repairs from his old Greek friend and mechanic, Tassos.
The Santa Monica Suicide Club is a crime novel set in what Raymond Chandler used to refer to as Bay City – what he meant, of course, was Santa Monica.
TAKING LEAVE was my first novel and I wanted it to be the best. Actually, I just wanted it to be read by people who would at best say how brilliant I was, and at worse not burst out in contemptuous laughter. To aid me in my quest, I traveled to a well-known Greek island – a major source of inspiration for others. If it had been an okay location for St John to write the Revelation in the Bible, it was going to be okay for me.