Walk 10,198-10,208 (11,803 to go): Meetup walk in Pacific Spirit Park
Book #414: Beyond Blame (1985, Stephen Greenleaf)
It's Mr Greenleaf at his most Ross McDonaldish. Teenagers get caught up in the slipstream caused by the adult's bad behaviour. It's detective Marsh Tanner's job to set things right.
Doesn't have quite the page turning affect of McDonald's novels but I can't really but a finger on why. It's the same themes and the writing style is excellent.
The ending on the other hand, is quite preposterous and doesn't really fit into the story.
Movie #2005: The Queen (2006, Stephen Frears)
Really didn't know what to expect from this one. They would have to tread very lightly around this subject!
Turns out it's the story of a woman who has had the same job for 50 years. It's mind numbing work and it goes on 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. And yet, there is still a glimpse of humanity there even after all that time.
Of course that's Mr Frears' view of things. I'm not sure if Elizabeth would concur.