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The Underground Man: A Lew Archer Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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ISBN10: 0679768084
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As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California, Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping.  What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder—and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline.  The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth, with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of California's version of the American dream.

If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler, it was Ross Macdonald.  Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his predecessors had only hinted at.  And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin.

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As a mysterious fire rages through an affluent community in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing--and possibly kidnapped--child and uncovers and entire secret history of wayward parents, wounded offspring, and murder. Along with its merciless suspense, The Underground Man possesses a moral vision as complex as that of a classic Greek tragedy.

About the Author

Ross Macdonald's real name was Kenneth Millar.  Born near San Francisco in 1915 and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Millar returned to the U.S. as a young man and published his first novel in 1944.  He served as the President of the Mystery Writers of America and was awarded their Grand Master Award, as well as the Mystery Writers of Great Britain's Silver Dagger Award.  He died in 1983.

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crazycatlady97, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by crazycatlady97)
I reread this book in 2012 after about 30 years. I had read that this was the best detective fiction novel ever written, so I bought a large-print copy for my Mom, and then I decided to take a look for myself. One page in and I was hooked again. It was just so gripping with an exciting story line and great characters - very hard tput down. I don't know if is THE best, but it is certainly one of them. Lew Archer is the ultimate hard-boiled PI, but with a soft and compassionate side as well. It is just a great read and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679768081
Subtitle:
A Lew Archer Novel
Author:
MacDonald, Ross
Author:
MacDonald, Ross
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Men's Adventure
Subject:
Archer, lew (fictitious character)
Subject:
Private investigators -- California -- Fiction.
Subject:
Archer, Lew
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
mystery;fiction;lew archer;crime;noir;detective;novel;hardboiled;crime fiction;california;detective fiction;american;american literature;literature;ross macdonald;kidnapping;mysteries;20th century;private investigator;los angeles
Subject:
mystery;fiction;lew archer;crime;noir;detective;novel;hardboiled;crime fiction;california;detective fiction;american;american literature;literature;ross macdonald;kidnapping;mysteries;20th century;private investigator;los angeles
Subject:
mystery;fiction;lew archer;crime;noir;detective;novel;hardboiled;crime fiction;california;detective fiction;american;american literature;literature;ross macdonald;kidnapping;los angeles;mysteries;20th century;private investigator;murder
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
104-529
Publication Date:
19961126
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.94x5.13x.63 in. .49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , As a mysterious fire rages through an affluent community in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing--and possibly kidnapped--child and uncovers and entire secret history of wayward parents, wounded offspring, and murder. Along with its merciless suspense, The Underground Man possesses a moral vision as complex as that of a classic Greek tragedy.
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