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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (461 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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A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he's being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks the wayward maid to a ramshackle motel in a seedy, run-down small town but finds her dead in her tiny room, with her throat slit from ear to ear. Archer digs deeper into the case and discovers a web of deceit and intrigue, with crazed numbers runners from Detroit, gorgeous triple-crossing molls, and a golden-boy shipping heir who’s gone mysteriously missing.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Macdonald’s spare, controlled narration, built for action and speed, conveys the world through which the action moves and gives it meaning, [bringing] scene and character, however swiftly, before the eye without a blur.”

    Eudora Welty, New York Times Book Review

  • “Archer-Macdonald are working together at their peak, piecing together a most modern American tragedy, making literature out of the thriller form, gazing more clearly [than] ever into the future as it rolls through the smog.”


  • “Archer-Macdonald are working together at their peak.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brendan | 2/17/2014

    " The brashness of Hammett but with depth of character, the panache of Chandler without the slick Hollywood style, Macdonald's writing is free and flowing, not suffering the choppy one-liners of the genre. It relies more on wit and craft than tough-guy cliches without sacrificing the characteristics of pulp I enjoy: the circuitous mystery development; the shades of gray ethics and morality; the calling of all spades spades. Breezy summertime reading, breezy wintertime reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wolfgang | 2/11/2014

    " Ross Macdonald's The Ivory Grin is taut and barrels along at a good enough pace to keep the reader gripped to finish the book as franticly as the events in the novel unfold. The only issue I have is that I knew who the killer was early on, and had the majority of the mystery solved to soon for me to fully enjoy the book. That's the only reason it didn't receive a five star "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 1/28/2014

    " Audiobook. More a 3.5. I am always pleased with time spent with Ross Macdonald. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Richard | 1/15/2014

    " Good quick read, a little slow in the middle, but a good twist ending. I give it a 3.5 "

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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.