Published in 1949, 1961, and 1962, respectively, these three titles find gumshoe Lew Archer up to his neck in murder, kidnapping, and blackmailAjust another day at the office. This is hard-boiled detective writing at the top of its form. Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information.
Lew Archer confronts the most bizarre and dangerous characters that Los Angeles in the late 1940s has to offer in his hunt for a vanished oil tycoonReview by Publisher Summary 2
Lew Archer confronts the most bizarre and dangerous characters Los Angeles in the late 1940s has to offer in his hunt for a vanished oil tycoon, in a detective novel of sex, greed, and gritty realism. Reprint.Review by Publisher Summary 3
The first book in Ross Macdonald's acclaimed Lew Archer series introduces the detective who redefined the role of the American private eye and gave the crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity only hinted at before.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.