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This is the first novel in which private investigator, Lew Archer, appeared. While the tone of Macdonald's novels isn't as tough and world-weary as those of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, the books hold up better, probably because his style was not so easily imitated and therefore seems less dated as the years go by.
A chilling tale of the pact made by an architect and a playboy, who meet and chat on a train, the latter proposing that they each murder the person considered an impediment by the other, thus eliminating any apparent motive. The architect assumes the agreement was wry and hypothetical until the playboy kills his fiancé and demands that he follow suit.
I'm actually recommending three different novels here: Berlin Game, Mexico Set, and London Match. However, the stories are so carefully linked that when I reached the last page of London Match, I went right back to the first page of Berlin Game and read the three again.