We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
The Wycherly Woman: A Lew Archer Novel | [Ross Macdonald]

The Wycherly Woman: A Lew Archer Novel

Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly—or for someone to make her disappear. And before he could locate the Wycherly girl, Archer had to reckon with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe’s mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly—or for someone to make her disappear. And before he could locate the Wycherly girl, Archer had to reckon with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe’s mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake.

©1961 Ross Macdonald; renewed 1989 by Margaret Millar (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

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.

“Lew Archer [is] up to his neck in murder, kidnapping, and blackmail – just another day at the office. This is hard-boiled detective writing at the top of its form.” (Library Journal)

“It’s not just that Ross Macdonald taught us how to write; he did something much more, he taught us how to read, and how to think about life, and maybe in some small but mattering way, how to live.” (Robert B. Parker)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (35 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.4 (20 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.5 (19 )
5 star
 (10)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 09-13-12
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    172
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Classic (not boring) Gumshoe"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was slow moving but in a good way. I haven't read any of his other novels but it worked well as a freestanding read. Decent character development. The narrator was pretty good but I wish he would have differentiated more between characters. Definitely not boring...subtle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alvin Wake Forest, NC, United States 06-26-12
    Alvin Wake Forest, NC, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not Boring"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sharon United States 07-25-13
    Sharon United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    120
    107
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Oldie, but a goodie!"

    This book is not a recent book, but it's still a good one. I saw this one on someone else's list of recommendations. I'm glad that I took a chance with it. I especially enjoyed the first person narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alfred Hohokus, NJ, USA 02-13-10
    Alfred Hohokus, NJ, USA 02-13-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "BORING"

    I never read Ross Macdonald before and this book leads me to believe that I probably will not read him again

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.