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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (886 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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Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family’s fortune. Now Anthony’s aging and very rich mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton’s son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them.

In the character of Lew Archer, Ross Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin—and in so doing, gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his predecessors had only hinted at. Deliciously devious and tersely poetic, The Galton Case displays Ross Macdonald at the pinnacle of his form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exciting, beautifully plotted, and written with taste, perception and compassion.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of his best…The Macdonald depth of understanding and dispassionate charity come out well, and the story…is richly plotted.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A tightly written page-turner that also probes profound themes and frequently rises to something like poetry.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The character claiming to be the long-lost heir to the Galton fortune may be an actor, but he’s not in the same league with Grover Gardner; on the evidence here, few are. P. I. Lew Archer discovers that while ‘John Galton’ claims to have been raised in an orphanage in Ohio, he actually grew up in Canada. But listeners can make the same discovery from the very subtly Canadian way he pronounces the word ‘about.’ Even more fun, the fancy lawyer who hires Archer to find Galton speaks with the exact stagy faux-English accent that the likes of William Powell used in forties films noir; you can absolutely see his big-shouldered 1949 suit and his pencil mustache. Macdonald is at his best here; Gardner is even better. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A model of intelligently engineered excitement.”

    New Yorker

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by thegift | 1/18/2014

    " bourgeois fairy tale, mistaken identity, mistaken childhood, of being a prince or a pauper, this is my favorite feel-good archer investigation. deceptive, absurd, extensive, years conspiracy and then cynicism of all good detectives strained, broken, revealing the improbable final twist, a resolution more psychological than criminal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill Kerwin | 12/9/2013

    " This is the first great Lew Archer novel, and it has all the important Ross Macdonald elements: money, family betrayal, and a crime in the present with links to a crime committed a generation ago. This is a classic of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Babete | 12/8/2013

    " ( O caso Galton ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Boozy | 12/6/2013

    " Excellent Noir. While the ending wasn't quite original the authors telling of the story was great. "

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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.