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Even if you're one of those discerning readers who find Macdonald's lesser work superior to most other mystery writing as does this reviewer , The Chill stands out among his books. If Dashiell Hammett can be said to have injected the hard-boiled detective novel with its primitive force, and Raymond Chandler gave shape to its prevailing tone, it was Ken Millar, writing as Ross Macdonald, who gave the genre its current respectability, generating a worldwide readership that has paved the way for those of us following his footsteps.

A Biography An entertainment of almost Byzantine complexity in which practically nothing is as the facts would seem. See all Product description. Kindle Edition File Size: Penguin 5 July Sold by: Customers who bought this item also bought. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. I have read just about every book by Ross MacDonald. This book is by far superior to any of his previous books. His metaphors alone bring an extra charm to the story telling. In this novel, MacDonald teases you with details, and leads you in all different directions.

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I tried to solve the case before his protagonist, Lew Archer, did, and was pleasantly surprised. Ross MacDonald is the best that ever was and will be; There is no comparison. Plucked this from his biography: Kenneth Millar, under the pen name of Ross Macdonald, arguably forms the third point of what is now considered the Holy Trinity of hardboiled detective fiction, the other points being, of course, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, and is, to many, the most critically and academically respected of the three.

There is no way I could have matched the comparison. He was a brilliant writer and has left a challenging legacy for future mystery writers. One could say The Chill is chilling. Great surprise ending and he never gives it away. My goal is to read all his novels and short stories and then move on to Chandler. Sale ends on 24 December at Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Chill Penguin Modern Classics. Discover Bernie Gunther, 'one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written' Lee Child.

Its predecessors are craftsmanlike, highly literate, hard-boiled detective stories; The Galton Case and most of its successors are literature that happens to inhabit the detective-story form. Macdonald can accomplish more with three lines of dialogue and a simple description than most writers can in three pages.

The Galton Case is an exceptionally satisfying read on several levels.

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The Macdonald depth of understanding and dispassionate charity come out well, and the story. But listeners can make the same discovery from the very subtly Canadian way he pronounces the word 'about.

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Macdonald is at his best here; Gardner is even better. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.

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See all Product description. Kindle Edition File Size: Penguin 5 July Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. The Galton Case involves Archer being summoned to help an elderly woman track down her son Anthony who has been missing for some twenty years. It seems that, along with Anthony Galton, a sum of the family fortune also went missing around that same time.

A family lawyer gives Archer the ins and outs of the family and the parameters for what he can and cannot reveal in his search. Archer seems to think, and with good reason, that there are quite a few secrets that are hidden under the surface of this investigation concerning many of the key principle characters. Suffice to say, the con game gets very thick about midway through, and the plot heads to quite a complex and somewhat complicated ending.

As Archer learns more and more key clues, he takes a detour to what he believes will solve this riddle. Within the scope of the plot, there is a subplot with a bit of psych0analysis, which I found rather interesting.

At points, we definitely zoom in on several characters and examine them under the microscope for motives and reasons, and I thought that angle was particularly fascinating. MacDonald weaves a story with both complexity and attention to minimalist yet quality prose which makes for a fine reading experience, and Archer is there to lead the way. Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries rewrote the conventions of the detective novel with their credible, humane hero, and with Macdonald's insight and moral complexity won new literary respectability for the hardboiled genre previously pioneered by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

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