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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 Gardne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Archer Series Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.