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The Goodbye Look by Ross Macdonald
  

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A watershed moment in my crime fiction education. I was 15 when I discovered my first Lew Archer novel, and by the time I was finished it, and even before I went on to read everything else by this man, I understood that the conventions of the crime novel could do more than simply entertain. Macdonald used the psychological thriller to comment on social issues. Family dysfunction, the corruptive powers of wealth, the degradation of the environment, alienated youth. It was all there. Macdonald had something to say, and tricked us into listening by entertaining us at the same time with intricately plotted novels.

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Synopsis

The Goodbye Look by Ross Macdonald

Lew Archer, world-weary private investigator, is hired by Larry and Irene Chalmers when they suspect that their troubled son Nick is involved in their own burglary. But when a fellow investigator - one who's been working with Nick - turns up dead, Archer soon realizes this isn't simply about some stolen loot. To help their son, Archer must uncover the truth about a kidnap years ago, and discover why the handgun from a decades-old killing apparently turns up at every new and terrible murder. In The Goodbye Look , Ross Macdonald exposes the damage families can cause one another in the name of love, lies and greed. 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. They have also received praise from such celebrated writers as William Goldman, Jonathan Kellerman, Eudora Welty and Elmore Leonard.

Reviews

'A more serious and complex writer than Chandler and Hammett ever were' -- Eudora Welty

'America's greatest crime writer' -- Elmore Leonard

'Ross MacDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books' -- James Ellroy

'The finest series of detective novels ever written by an American' -- William Goldman

About the Author

Ross Macdonald served as president of The Mystery Writers of America in 1965, received the Silver Dagger in 1964 and the Gold Dagger in 1965 from The British Crime Writers Association, and in 1981, received The Eye, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Private Eye Writers of America.

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Publication date

1st July 2012

Author

Ross Macdonald

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Author's Website

www.rosskingbooks.com/

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Publisher

Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780141196602

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