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Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping.
As Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to jazz joints where you get beaten up between sets, The Moving Target blends sex, greed, and family hatred into an explosively readable crime novel.
Lew Archer is in search of a vanished oil millionaire and on safari among the most bizarre and dangerous human wildlife in late-forties L.A. The Moving Target blends sex, greed, and unblinking social observation into an explosively readable detective novel.
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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