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The Zebra-Striped Hearse Audiobook

The Zebra-Striped Hearse: A Lew Archer Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    "A Great Series & an Addition with Plenty of Twists"

    This story provides all that you would hope for in its genre and adds some great twists. By the time it wraps up you're not left in confusion, the pieces all fit.

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    Bert Buda, Texas 12-02-16
    Bert Buda, Texas 12-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed it"

    Good story, excellent narrator. I had a little trouble following it, especially with all the different characters, so by the end I had almost completely given up on trying to guess the culprit and was just along for the ride! It was still enjoyable. My first Lew Archer novel, and the first detective story I've listened to. The story is captivating, and it picks up and slows down pretty well, keeping you interested throughout.

    Tom Parker was excellent. Perfect for this kind of book. If I had tried to imagine the voice of a tough, private detective, I would have thought of exactly his voice in this narration. I really liked this book and will look for more by Ross Macdonald and/or Tom Parker.

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

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

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    "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 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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