The cover suggests hard-boiled noir, but this Macdonald novel (like his others) is a series of character studies, sensitive to nuances in human relationships and pessimistic about them though never unsympathetic. (The title of another Archer novel, Find a Victim, also describes almost all of his characters' modus operandi in life.) The Wycherly Woman is a great example of a perfectly-written detective story.
Much more like George R. Stewart's end-of-the-world book The Earth Abides than I'd remembered, The Day of the Triffids backgrounds its vile green monsters in favor of an episodic post-apocalypse narrative in which an Everyman ping-pongs between various Human Responses to the disaster: despair, greed, idealism, profit, militarism, etc. As long as you're prepared for only occasional passages featuring the ambulatory killer plants of the title, and can staunch your disappointment at the lack of a triffid-centric narrative, you should find it a very suspenseful and moving novel, as I did.
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