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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (482 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: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455179749
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Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man’s suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all, Ross Macdonald’s private eye is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law’s—and Archer’s—in this powerful, fast-paced novel of murder on the California coast.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is completely and formally a detective novel, but with more meat on its bones than nine out of ten novels.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A model of [Macdonald’s] excellence…has character, statement, and style.”

    New Yorker

  • “Macdonald is one of the elite in hard-boiled mystery fiction…[Gardner’s] rendition is a first-class reading.”

    AudioFile

  • “This is hard-boiled detective writing at the top of its form.”

    Library Journal

  • A 1963 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/1/2014

    " Somebody please tell me what the dang hearse has to do with the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Webber | 1/29/2014

    " Plenty of twists and turns in this page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adithyajones | 12/28/2013

    " A suspense filled,on the edges PI thriller by Ross Macdonald. What holds your attention is Macdonald's literary prose, his authentic feel for the environment, depth in characterization all combined together make reading this book worth wile.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bnschmid | 12/28/2013

    " Yet ANOTHER detective series,but what the hell,I like detective books.I always find it interesting to read a book that was written about the time I was born,that being the 60's.It kind of makes me nostalgic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Maples | 12/17/2013

    " An excellent detective novel. Macdonald was one of the best modern American writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Mancini | 12/15/2013

    " This book definitely kept my attention... I thought it was going in a predictable direction but there were plenty of twists and turns that ultimately made for an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Jordan | 11/18/2013

    " I heard this story serialized on NPR and I was hooked. It's my favorite in the Lew Archer series. Between the twisting plot, unique characters and Archer's deadpan asides, this book really captures the essence of the shifting cultural tides of southern California in the early sixties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/16/2013

    " This is a detective story where Lew Archer tries to solve a mixture of murder, kidnapping and blackmail on the California coast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Berry | 7/5/2013

    " I listened to this as an audiobook, and it served its purpose, keeping me entertained during lunchtime walks. It's a so-so installment in the Lew Archer canon. What's hilarious is that the titular hearse barely makes an appearance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Srinivas Prasad Veeraraghavan | 4/18/2013

    " Well, for once I dunno what to say. One word is enough to best sum up my review - WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 2/9/2013

    " A solid gritty mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 11/8/2012

    " Very real character sketches. Classic hardboiled structure and of course excellent Archer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Grace | 6/23/2012

    " Quick and easy read, but a fantastic mystery and a marvelous P.I. My husband and I are reading it outloud to each other at night, and I swear suddenly my sweet dorky man starts sounding like Humphrey Bogart. Lovin' it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 3/25/2012

    " Nicely crafted yarn with Macdonald's usual flare for creating dysfunctional families and believable characters. Great writing too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Whitaker | 12/20/2011

    " My first foray into Macdonald. Lew Archer is among the prototypes for the hard-boiled detective, and I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha S. | 11/20/2011

    " I'd heard the name "Lew Archer" bandied about before, finally picked up a novel with him as protaganist. If you like Dashiell Hammett or LA noire, you'll like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Brennan | 10/5/2011

    " Ross MacDonald with his hard boiled gumshoe Lew Archer, carries on the tradition of Chandler. A must for serious crime buffs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/3/2011

    " My first foray into Macdonald. Lew Archer is among the prototypes for the hard-boiled detective, and I enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 thegift | 11/14/2010

    " late masterpiece. wonderfully complicated plot unearths years of duplicity, misbehavior, dysfunctional family relationships. all perhaps symbolized by the use of the titular vehicle as a surfers' car. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 7/21/2009

    " An excellent detective novel. Macdonald was one of the best modern American writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/28/2009

    " Very real character sketches. Classic hardboiled structure and of course excellent Archer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 7/18/2008

    " Somebody please tell me what the dang hearse has to do with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bnschmid | 7/6/2008

    " Yet ANOTHER detective series,but what the hell,I like detective books.I always find it interesting to read a book that was written about the time I was born,that being the 60's.It kind of makes me nostalgic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 4/18/2008

    " Plenty of twists and turns in this page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/17/2008

    " Quick and easy read, but a fantastic mystery and a marvelous P.I. My husband and I are reading it outloud to each other at night, and I swear suddenly my sweet dorky man starts sounding like Humphrey Bogart. Lovin' it. "

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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.