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The Drowning Poolby Ross Macdonald
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When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face-down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his seductive teenage daughter. In The Drowning Pool, Lew Archer takes this case in the L.A. suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred — and sufficient motive for a dozen murders.
Published in 1965, 1963, and 1950, respectively, this trio feature Macdonald's hard-boiled private detective Lew Archer. The plots involve murder, deceit, blackmail, sex, and all those other goodies that make for great crime stories." Library Journal
"Ross Macdonald is one of the great crime writers, up there with Hammett and Chandler." Glasgow Evening Times
"Fast moving, smoothly written, first-rate whodunit of the hard-boiled school." The New York Times Book Review
"Ross Macdonald remains the grandmaster, taking the crime novel to new heights by imbuing it with psychological resonance, complexity of story, and richness of style that remain awe inspiring. Those of us in his wake owe him a debt that can never be paid." Jonathan Kellerman
Lew Archer, a private detective, is hired by Maude Slocum to investigate a poison pen letter, but when Archer arrives he discovers her mother-in-law drowned in the family pool.
About the Author
Ross Macdonald (1915-83) was the pseudonym of writer Kenneth Millar, married to fellow author Margaret Millar, and the author of over 25 highly acclaimed novels. Born during WW1 in California he became best known for his extraordinary series of crime novels featuring the private eye Lew Archer. He broke new ground in the genre, picking up the baton dropped by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett and taking the crime novel to new heights. Macdonald was voted a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1973 and died of Alzheimer's in Santa Barbara ten years later.
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