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Publisher's Summary

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.

More mayhem? Try our other Lew Archer mysteries.

©1998 Norman J Colavincenzo (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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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 lies covering murders spanning three decades.

Even hardboiled Lew Archer, the classic auditor detective, was surprised and saddened when he finally solved this murder myster.

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Long Dead

Another great Archer mystery. The kidnapping of a child leads to the discovery of multiple murders done to cover-up one that happened 15 years before. Lots of possible killers, but the one that did it is the one no one suspected.

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Full fledged plot

This had an excellent, full fledged plot. Plenty of clues letting you figure some of it out but complex enough to have you engrossed to the final reveal.

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One of his best

Great plot with excellent but logical twists. Also he finally got his style under control. Highly recommended and the reader has just the right voice for noir.