The Chill

Narrated by: Tom Parker
Series: Lew Archer, Book 11
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. But what he found instead was enough to send a chill down anyone's spine: a new, fresh corpse and evidence linking Dolly not only to this murder, but to a series of others dating back to before she was born.

Winner of the Mystery Writer of America Grand Master Award, Ross Macdonald is acknowledged around the world as one of the greatest mystery writers of our time.

More mayhem? Try our other Lew Archer mysteries.
©1963 Ross Macdonald (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The plot is one of Macdonald's most masterfully constructed....The Chill stands out among his books." (Amazon.com)
"An entertainment of almost Byzantine complexity in which practically nothing is as the facts would seem....Highly satisfactory." (The New Yorker)

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  • 05-28-09

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 good fifty years ago, so there is a moment of adjusting to that stylistic time. Well worth it though since a tight, yet complex story emerges in the gritty underbelly of a time when California was a blossom. If this isn't doesn't catch your interest, pass--but if you've wanted to know the origins of our favorite detectives you will be entertained.

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Complicated

A complex whodunit but it all comes together beautifully in the end. Slight spoiler alert, perhaps only Freud or the Greek gods could have seen this one coming. Loved it!

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A Classic! Like Raymond Chandler at his finest!!

A winding mystery with unexpected twists and turns that will have you spellbound to the very end. Masterfully performed, you'll feel like you've immersed yourself in the best of film noir as the words jump to life in your imagination!

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Ross MacDonald is the high king of hard-boiled

Ross Macdonald might write Chandleresque noir as good or better than Chandler. Some of the lines from 'The Chill' were so sharp they could cut a day into dark chocolate, bite-sized hours. 'The Chill' had a pretty good twist at the end. The only downside to the novel was it almost needed an overcoat with extra pockets for all the characters. By the end, I needed a small pocket book to keep all femme fatales and dead women straight.

Like most Macdonald novels, the dénouement of 'the Chill' seems to snake into your pants, squirm and bite you before you are quite ready for the book to end. That is one thing about Macdonald: he ties up ALL the snakes at the end.

There is a popular trope (often attributed to Brian Eno) that the Velvet Underground's first album only sold 30,000 copies during its first five years but that “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.” I think the same thing can be said about Macdonald. He was one of those writers who probably sold less than his talent deserved, but whose influence on the modern-day detective novel is practically unsurpassed. He was a writer's writer, the professor of pulp, the high king of hard-boiled, the prophet of classic myths retold as California crime fiction. He was a god and you bet you ass every single word was a sacred creation.

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Brilliant plot

One of McDonald's best among so many good ones. Always a great twist at the end.

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Great Late Ross

This is one of the more complex plots MacDonald devised; but he pulled it off masterfully. He was a great prose stylist who never let his literary chops get in the way. The style of these novels is subordinated to the needs of pacing, suspense, and a need to communicate Lew Archer's struggles to figure it all out. I read all of the Lew Archer novels in my youth; I remember when MacDonald died. I mourned. I'm very happy that Audible has these books available in this format. The narrator - Parker - seems perfect for this assignment. Listen! Enjoy!

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Somewhat tedious

The constant dialogue among multiple characters becomes tedious when read by a single narrator. Need six words to submit by ipad.

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Film Noir??

I felt as if I was a listening a b rated film noir. The story dragged, was written something a 4th grader would write. Not a book that I would recommend.

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