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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 Gardne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Archer Series Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Mark | 9/13/2013

    " really good hard boiled, well written "

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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.