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In Sleeping Beauty, Lew Archer finds himself the confidant of a
wealthy, violent family with a load of trouble on their hands--including an oil spill, a missing girl, a lethal dose of Nembutal, a six-figure ransom, and a stranger afloat, face down, off a private beach. Here is Ross Macdonald's masterful tale of buried memories, the consequences of arrogance, and the anguished relations between parents and their children. Riveting, gritty, tautly written, Sleeping Beauty is crime fiction at its best.

If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his pre-decessors had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin.


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Published: Random House Publishing Group on Dec 1, 2010
ISBN: 9780307772633
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Ross Macdonald in top form. Somehow I missed this one when I read most of the Lew Archer series 30 years ago. This is a classic of dysfunctional families, long-buried secrets, unexplained deaths, and dogged detective work by Archer. Interestingly, it takes place in the context of a major oil spill on the west coast due to a rupture at a drilling rig owned by the key family in the story. In the year of the BP sill, this makes especially interesting reading.read more
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I enjoyed this as an old classic detective story (1973). Lots of incidents as the detective solves the case. Interesting take on the environment - oil spill decried while they all drive around! That aside although it was hard to keep track of all the characters it was quite enjoyable and any differences from today's crime fiction could be put down to his virtually being in at the beginning of the genre (For instance the book ends quite abruptly).read more
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Ross Macdonald in top form. Somehow I missed this one when I read most of the Lew Archer series 30 years ago. This is a classic of dysfunctional families, long-buried secrets, unexplained deaths, and dogged detective work by Archer. Interestingly, it takes place in the context of a major oil spill on the west coast due to a rupture at a drilling rig owned by the key family in the story. In the year of the BP sill, this makes especially interesting reading.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I enjoyed this as an old classic detective story (1973). Lots of incidents as the detective solves the case. Interesting take on the environment - oil spill decried while they all drive around! That aside although it was hard to keep track of all the characters it was quite enjoyable and any differences from today's crime fiction could be put down to his virtually being in at the beginning of the genre (For instance the book ends quite abruptly).
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