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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross Macdonald Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Archer Series Release Date:
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When Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who’s run off with his client’s girlfriend, it looks like a simple case of alienated affections. Things look different when the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his finest, baring the skull beneath the suntanned skin of Southern California’s high society.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautiful job…rich in plot and character…The denouement is both surprising and shocking and the whole is up to Mr. Macdonald’s extraordinarily high standards.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Grover Gardner’s voice is clear and tough, a natural for the hard-boiled first-person narrative. Macdonald’s story—involving gambling debts, murder, sex, and blackmail—is as satisfyingly gritty as one expects…Gardner’s narration makes it all lively and fresh, rather than a nostalgic relic.”


  • “Ross Macdonald is one of the greatest American noir novelists, and this is arguably his best…Macdonald’s writing describes character, setting, atmosphere, and dialog with enormous depth, insight, and style. Master professional narrator Grover Gardner, who becomes each carefully drawn character and captures the exact mood and the many varied accents in the dialog, is outstanding here…A classy narrator in a classic of the genre. Five stars!”


  • “Lew Archer is as much of an institution as Perry Mason…It’s a thinking man’s murder mystery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian Thornton | 1/27/2014

    " Ross MacDonald's favorite among his works and certainly among my favorites from among his works! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth Sherman | 1/22/2014

    " Some pretty good noir-voice moments but unfortunately a bit racist in points. Not offensive in 1965? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ak-75 Harris | 1/17/2014

    " Macdonald writes a many-layered plot better than anyone since Wodehouse, and his detective, Lew Archer, is the perfect combination of tough guy and philosopher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Teddy | 1/14/2014

    " Ok mystery, but kind of generic and boring. I prefer books with a bit more spice. "

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About the Author
Author Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald (1915–1983) was the pen name of Kenneth Millar. Born near San Francisco but raised in British Columbia, he returned to the United States as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. For over twenty years he lived in Santa Barbara and wrote mystery novels about the fascinating and changing society of his native state. He is widely credited with elevating the detective novel to the level of literature with his compactly written tales of murder and despair. His works have received awards from the Mystery Writers of America and of Great Britain, and his book The Moving Target was made into the movie Harper in 1966. In 1982 he was awarded the Eye Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Private Eye Writers of America.