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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,475 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: February 2009 ISBN: 9781455179176
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When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his wife, who stand to inherit, as well as a questionable chauffeur and a tycoon of a company trying to get the woman’s property for the oil under it. Private Investigator Lew Archer takes this case in the Los Angeles suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred—and sufficient motive for a dozen murders.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast moving, smoothly written, first-rate whodunit of the hard-boiled school.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “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 awe-inspiring. Those of us in his wake owe him a debt that can never be paid.”

    Jonathan Kellerman, author

  • “Tom Parker’s narration perfectly captures Archer’s world-weary persona and is by turns crisp, sardonic, and wry. He shows us the feeling behind Archer’s mask of disengagement and capably handles the female characters with softer tones. The well-drawn characters involve the listener, and only references to prices and technology remind us that the story features a different time.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Goble | 1/14/2014

    " A pretty good, old-fashioned hard-boiled detective story. Shades of Hammett and Chandler. Mystery, some action, nice terse prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nonamedufus | 12/13/2013

    " Excellent, nail-biting Lew Archer tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/9/2013

    " Terrific and made into a good movie with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (and, if I'm not mistaken, a young Melanie Griffith). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 9/13/2013

    " really good hard boiled, well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/10/2013

    " MacDonald borrows heavily from Chandler - most obviously The Big Sleep, but with a dash of The High Window for flavor and a pinch of The Lady in the Lake for piquancy - and to good effect. Archer could easily be Marlowe's bastard son - less poetry and polish, but with a certain similarity about the jaw. Even smacking of the derivative, it's good noir, with a nearly nonsensical story that's subordinate to the parade of dames and toughs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Bayles | 11/12/2012

    " Depressing. This one will not make you like people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 9/28/2012

    " reading this novel for Tom Krumpacks 597 class. We are also collectively writing a novella set in LA today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/25/2012

    " This is the second in the Lew Archer series. I liked it quite a bit and I am seeing some parallels in MacDonald's works. There are some recurrent themes such as lost innocence of youth, escalating violence, and broken adults with twisted lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Howgate | 5/13/2012

    " The first really excellent Archer novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 12/5/2011

    " Lew Archer #2. Solid. Better than the first book. I like the emphasis on psychology even if the constant metaphors get to be a bit much at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya | 10/28/2011

    " I LOVE Ross Macdonald. Fantastic noir fiction. The really neat thing is that Eudora Welty thought he was one of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 8/31/2011

    " A really good original story. At least one other author has plagarized this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Negin | 8/7/2011

    " It's a great book of MAYHEM,MURDER & MORE MURDER!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 7/7/2011

    " Ok, MacDonald is no Raymond Chandler... he just doesn't have the same simile power. However, this one is a pretty dark'n'twisty good read. Its a bit weak in places and the dialogue gets a bit canned here and there, but it is entertaining leasure-time fodder to be sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 5/19/2011

    " Another great Lew Archer novel; I don't know that there was anything in particular that stood out about this one, but still it's a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald Parker | 5/15/2011

    " Post-WWII dectective fiction without a single wasted word. Light reading and very entertaining. Thanks Jerry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 10/11/2010

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/8/2010

    " Can people really kill someone and assume their identity without no one catching on? In Ross MacDonald's world it seems to happen all the time. I love Archer, but this one was not one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 12/13/2009

    " The most complicated Lew Archer I've yet read. Some fiendish twists, the impact of which is lessened somewhat by two chapters of exposition before the conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 5/11/2009

    " Fairly good LA-noir type mystery, but definately not one of his better ones. Still, great plot twists at the end. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.