Black Money

Black Money

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by Ross Macdonald
     
 

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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. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his finest.

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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. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his finest.

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Published in 1965, 1963, and 1950, respectively, this trio feature MacDonald's hard-boiled private detective Lew Archer. The plots involve murder, deceit, blackmail, sex, and all those other goodies that make for great crime stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307759566
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
216,756
File size:
2 MB

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Robert B. Parker
It was not just that Ross MacDonald taught us how to write; he taught us how to read, and how to think about life, and maybe in some small but mattering way, how to live.
—(Robert B. Parker)

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lew Archer is a Private Investigator based in Hollywood. In this novel he is hired by a very wealthy young man to stop his ex-girlfriend from marrying another man who he thinks will be bad for her. As Archer unravels the mystery it appears he may be right. The plot is full of red herrings with a new suspect every few chapters and another crime to go with them. There are leads towards organised crime such as the money laundering suggested in the title. There is a suicide that Archer thinks may have been murder and then there are two murders. Archer must determine if these crimes are connected, if there is more than one perpetrator and why they happened. He does this very well and keeps the action and tension going to the last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Money has all the Ross Macdonald staples: Oedipal angst, trans-temporal evil & socially mobile murder. Yet here these motifs reach their greatest expression. Lew Archer, the detective as shrink, navigates through a psychological underworld as depraved and down-and-out as any asphalt jungle. Macdonald evokes the pathos and alienation of LA loserdom with a master's touch. While the title refers to mob money, the real locus of crime is in academia, a world the author knew well. Here his Freudian fable plays out to its final, chilling conclusion. Ross Macdonald may have come after Hammett and Chandler, but he stands above them as the most poetic and passionate scribe of the mean streets.