Sleeping Beauty (Lew Archer Series #17)

Sleeping Beauty (Lew Archer Series #17)

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by Ross Macdonald, Richard S. Hutchinson
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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"Ross Macdonald is either part or wholly wizard. . .conjuring the magic of real mystery. . . . A masterpiece." --Chicago Tribune Book World

"Sleeping Beauty is particularly complex and satisfactory. . . . It is a marvelous formula that Macdonald has found; the wonder is that he keeps improving it." --Newsweek

"Ross Macdonald remains the grandmaster, taking the crime novel to new heights by imbuing it with psychological resonance, complexity of story, and richness of style that remain inspiring." --Jonathan Kellerman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375708664
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Lew Archer Series, #17
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
504,874
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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Ross Macdonald died in 1983.

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Sleeping Beauty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book has all the elements. It was the second to last book he ever completed, before his mind was tragically taken by Alzheimers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ross MacDonald is at his peak here, providing his readers with a socially critical worldview mixed with a literary flair rarely seen in this genre.
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