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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross Macdonald Narrator: Grover Gardne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Archer Series Release Date:
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Sleeping Beauty plunges detective Lew Archer into a fascinating and intricate case connected to a disastrous oil spill on the Southern California coast. Ross Macdonald’s masterful tale leads his investigator into a load of trouble involving ransom, a lethal dose of Nembutal, the death of a stranger found floating off shore, and three generations of the imposing Lennox family, whose offshore oil platform caused the spill.

The young Lennox heiress—glimpsed for a haunting moment on the beach, clutching an oil-drenched sea bird in her arms—has disappeared, and while on her trail, Archer finds himself journeying into the hidden lives of a family twisted by money, power, and a compulsive instinct for infidelity.

If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is Ross Macdonald. Sleeping Beauty is crime fiction at its best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ross Macdonald remains the grandmaster, taking the crime novel to new heights by imbuing it with psychological resonance, complexity of story, and richness of style that remain inspiring.”

    Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling author

  • Sleeping Beauty is particularly complex and satisfactory…It is a marvelous formula that Macdonald has found; the wonder is that he keeps improving it.”


  • “Ross Macdonald is either part or wholly wizard…conjuring the magic of real mystery…A masterpiece.”

    Chicago Tribune Book World

  • “Not since the novels of Nathanael West has the theme of American innocence grinding to a stop at the polluted waters of the Pacific so consistently reverberated through a body of writing.”

    Detroit News

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Heather | 7/9/2011

    " A pretty good book! If I want a good solid Murder Mystery I'll certainly read another of his! I kind of like a book that has more going on then just going from clue to clue to clue. But it was still interesting and kept you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Markgroner | 4/19/2011

    " I think that Ross MacDonald may be the perfect airplane author. Sleeping Beauty was a very satisfying detective story. Very accessible, plenty of intrigue and completely devoid of the crap devices that destroys contemporary mystery fiction. Not a classic by any means, but very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate | 3/3/2011

    " More of the hard-boiled LA detective Lew Archer. Most of the characters in this are pretty forgettable, but Archer is not. And it's a satisfying read, especially if you live in LA, I suspect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mareena | 2/26/2011

    " Sleeping Beauty is not my favorite fairtytale... "

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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.