Lew Archer
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  • 1
    The Moving Target: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    The Moving Target: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As private eye Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to jazz joints where you can get beaten up between sets, The Moving Target blends sex, greed, misdirected love, and family hatred into an explosive crime novel.

    A good, not great start to a terrific series.

    Lew Archer is one of the great noir LA detectives. This books starts him out on his journey, seeing the corrupt moneyed culture of Los Angeles circa 1..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 03 2012 by Richard (New York, NY, United States)
  • 2
    The Drowning Pool: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    The Drowning Pool: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his seductive teenage daughter. Private investigator Lew Archer takes this case in the L.A. suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred - and sufficient motive for a dozen murders.

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  • 4
    The Ivory Grin: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    The Ivory Grin: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he’s being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks the wayward maid to a ramshackle motel in a seedy, run-down small town, but finds her dead in her tiny room, with her throat slit from ear to ear. Archer digs deeper into the case and discovers a web of deceit and intrigue, with crazed number-runners from Detroit, gorgeous triple-crossing molls, and a golden-boy shipping heir who’s gone mysteriously missing.

    Classic Noir

    Ross McDonald is one of my favorite author's and Grover Gardner did his creation Lew Archer justice. The plot is strong, and the narrator captures Arc..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 31 2013 by Patrick (United States)
  • 5
    Find a Victim: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    Find a Victim: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    When Lew Archer stops for a hitchhiker and finds a young man dying of a gunshot wound, he knows he has stumbled into a mess. In a matter of hours he is suspected by the law, hired by a target-shooting trucking magnate, and chasing a hijacked load of hooch and a band of sinners on the loose.

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  • 6
    The Barbarous Coast | Ross MacDonald

    The Barbarous Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    In The Barbarous Coast, Lew Archer's pursuit of a girl who jackknifed too suddenly from high diving to high living leads him to an ex-fighter with an unexplained movie contract, a big-time gambler who died by his own knife, and finally to an answer he would rather not have known.

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  • 8
    The Galton Case: A Lew Archer Mystery | Ross Macdonald

    The Galton Case: A Lew Archer Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Almost 20 years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family’s fortune. Now Anthony’s aging and very rich mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton’s son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them.

    Dances down the same streets as Hammett & Chandler

    Ross Macdonald definitely dances down the same literary streets as Hammett and Chandler. This hardboiled detective novel, the 8th in the Lew Archer se..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 26 2014 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 9
    The Wycherly Woman: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    The Wycherly Woman: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    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.

    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. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 13 2012 by Alison (essex jct, VT, United States)
  • 10
    The Zebra-Striped Hearse: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    The Zebra-Striped Hearse: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Lew Archer at his best

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 19 2014 by Richard (California)
  • 11
    The Chill | Ross MacDonald

    The Chill

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    Lew Archer knew he shouldn't have taken the case, but Alex Kincaid seemed so desperate. Kincaid's loving new bride, Dolly, had just inexplicably walked out on him, leaving Kincaid more than a little fearful for her sanity and her safety. So Archer reluctantly agreed to help Kincaid find his wife.

    good entree to the Hard Boiled

    THE CHILL, or the author Ross Macdonald was recommended to me as a good entree to the "hard boiled" detective novel. The book was written I think a g..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 28 2009 by G. (boulder creek, ca)
  • 12
    The Far Side of the Dollar: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross MacDonald

    The Far Side of the Dollar: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    Has Tom Hillman run away from his exclusive reform school, or has he been kidnapped? Are his wealthy parents protecting him or their own guilty secrets? And why does every clue lead Lew Archer to an abandoned Hollywood hotel, where starlets and sailors once rubbed shoulders with tycoons and hustlers? The once-popular palace is now boarded up. But for Archer, it may hold the key to a missing teenager and a hot murder.

    A Great Ross MacDonald Mystery

    This noir mystery was written in 1965 by the master of the California private eye genre, Ross MacDonald. Every award/honor Ross MacDonald received du..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 19 2014 by Brad (Littleton, MA, United States)
  • 13
    Black Money: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    Black Money: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    When Lew Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who's run off with his client's girlfriend, it looks like a simple case of alienated affections. Things look different when the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts.

    Good book, great reader

    Ross Macdonald is a personal favourite of mine and I am happy his novels are available as audiobooks. Black Money is not one of the greatest Lew Arche..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 30 2011 by Peter (The Hague, Netherlands)
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  • 16
    The Underground Man: A Lew Archer Novel | Ross Macdonald

    The Underground Man: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping. What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder - and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline. The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth, with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of California's version of the American dream.

    Ross Macdonald in Top Form

    Anyone who thinks the degeneration of the American family is something new will get an eye-opener in this story of twisted family values and a web of ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 15 2013 by Richard Seeley (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • 17
    Sleeping Beauty: A Lew Archer novel | Ross Macdonald

    Sleeping Beauty: A Lew Archer novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    The young Lennox heiress - glimpsed for a haunting moment on the beach, clutching an oil-drenched sea bird in her arms - has disappeared, and while on her trail, Archer finds himself journeying into the hidden lives of a family twisted by money, power, and a compulsive instinct for infidelity.

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  • 18
    The Blue Hammer | Ross MacDonald

    The Blue Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    The era is the 1970s; the setting is Southern California. Lew Archer has been hired to retrieve a stolen canvas reputed to be the work of the celebrated Richard Chantry, who vanished in 1950 from his home in Santa Teresa. It is the portrait of an unknown woman.

    McDonald still has it!

    20 years ago I was introduced to Ross McDonald and have read every book he wrote. It is a great pleasure to listen to his fine work. The reader does..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 08 2007 by Karen (Hyattsville, MD, USA)
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