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  • The Wycherly Woman

  • A Lew Archer Novel
  • By: Ross Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic (not boring) Gumshoe

  • By Alison on 09-13-12

Not Boring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-12

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.

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