Lew Archer

22 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,105 ratings

The Moving Target Publisher's Summary

Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshiping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain, and the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now, one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping.

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.

©1977 John Ross Macdonald (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Moving Target

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good, not great start to a terrific series.

    • By Richard on 01-03-12

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  • Book 2

    • The Drowning Pool

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • the reader captures the feel of the noir detective

    • By Charles P on 06-21-18

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  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • The Ivory Grin

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic that still works

    • By james on 06-15-13

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  • Book 5

    • Find a Victim

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another mystery masterpiece!

    • By Kolchak2 on 07-26-15

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  • Book 6

    • The Barbarous Coast

    • By: Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    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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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

    • The Galton Case

    • A Lew Archer Mystery
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dances down the same streets as Hammett & Chandler

    • By Darwin8u on 06-26-14

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  • Book 9

    • 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 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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

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  • Book 10

    • The Zebra-Striped Hearse

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Series & an Addition with Plenty of Twists

    • By Chris T on 03-04-17

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    • The Zebra-Striped Hearse

    • Lew Archer, Book 10
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Edward Asner, Kathryn Harrold, Jennifer Tilly, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Celebrated private eye Lew Archer is hired by a father intent on preventing the marriage of his daughter to a penniless and possibly murderous artist. The chase takes Archer from Mexico to Lake Tahoe and from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles as more than one murder crowds the investigation.

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  • Book 11

    • The Chill

    • By: Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good entree to the Hard Boiled

    • By G. on 05-28-09

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  • Book 12

    • The Far Side of the Dollar

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Labyrinthine Shocker

    • By Laurent Ruisseaux on 05-13-17

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  • Book 13

    • Black Money

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, great reader

    • By Peter on 03-30-11

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  • Book 14

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  • Book 15

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  • Book 16

    • The Underground Man

    • A Lew Archer Novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ross Macdonald in Top Form

    • By Rich S. on 01-15-13

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  • Book 17

    • Sleeping Beauty

    • A Lew Archer novel
    • By: Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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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    • Sleeping Beauty

    • By: Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Sleeping Beauty plunges detective Lew Archer into a fascinating and intricate case connected to a disastrous oil spill on the Southern California coast. He becomes involved with three generations of the imposing Lennox family whose offshore oil platform caused the spill; and whose young heiress, glimpsed for a haunting moment on the beach -- clutching an oil-drenched sea bird in her arms -- has disappeared. While on her trail Archer finds himself journeying into a horrendous past, into the hidden lives of a family twisted by money, power, and a compulsive instinct for infidelity --...

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  • Book 18

    • The Blue Hammer

    • By: Ross MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • McDonald still has it!

    • By Karen on 04-08-07

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