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The Zebra-Striped Hearse: A Lew Archer Novel | [Ross Macdonald]

The Zebra-Striped Hearse: A Lew Archer Novel

Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all, Ross Macdonald's private eye is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law's - and Archer's - in this powerful, fast-paced novel of murder on the California coast.
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Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all, Ross Macdonald's private eye is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law's - and Archer's - in this powerful, fast-paced novel of murder on the California coast.

©1990 Margaret Millar Survior's Trust Fund; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Macdonald is one of the elite in hard-boiled mystery fiction....Parker's rendition is a first-class reading." - (AudioFile)
"A model of [Macdonald's] excellence...has character, statement, and style." (New Yorker)
"This is hard-boiled detective writing at the top of its form." (Library Journal)

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    Richard 09-19-14
    Richard 09-19-14

    Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Roman. Hates bad writing.

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    For my money The Zebra-Striped Hearse shows Ross Macdonald at the top of his writing. The story is less violent and more psychologically-nuanced than earlier books on the series. The plot is brilliantly developed with the twists and turns needed to maintain suspense and element of surprise. The writing is both graceful and spare, perfectly capturing the essentials of the detective noir genre. My only complaint is the title which turns out to be something of a red herring -- or maybe that's entirely intentional. I won't say anything further lest I give away a spoiler alert.

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