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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (535 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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In this masterful Macdonald mystery, the desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness, and only Archer can make sense of a killer who makes murder a work of art.

The era is the 1970s; the setting, Southern California. Lew Archer has been hired to retrieve a stolen canvas reputed to be the work of the celebrated Richard Chantry, who vanished in 1950 from his home in Santa Teresa. It is the portrait of an unknown woman.

Suddenly, Archer finds himself drawn into a web of family complications and masked brutalities stretching back fifty years, through a world where money both talks or buys silence; where social prominence is a murderous weapon; where, behind the plausible facades of homes not quite broken but badly bent, a heritage of lies and evasions pushes troubled men and women deeper into trouble. And as he pursues the Chantry portrait and the larger mystery of Richard Chantry, Archer himself is shaken as never before—by a woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The] American private eye, immortalized by Hammett, refined by Chandler, [is] brought to its zenith by Macdonald.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Grover Gardner] shows his talent as he captures the emotions of Archer, as well as the secondary characters, while maintaining the tempo of the story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Drew Cauthorn | 12/27/2013

    " I read this because of Andrew's review. Interesting and entertaining. I have read few mysteries so I don't have anything to compare it to. I didn't figure out who the murderer was until Archer spelled out the crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kira Henehan | 10/8/2013

    " If you like Chandler, you'll like Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer books; I'd recommend the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donald | 6/2/2013

    " Lots of twists and turns in this yarn! And it is just over 200 pages, so it goes quickly! Maybe too quickly, as I got confused a few times over who done what to whom! But well worth the time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by William | 4/2/2013

    " Page turning read. Really well done. Sort of falls apart in the end with maybe one twist too many. "

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