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Anthony BoucherI should like to venture that Ross MacDonald is a better novelist than either…Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler.
—The New York Times Book Review
Posted July 27, 2014
Quite likely one of the greatest noir novels ever written. Macdonald tackles not only the ecological destruction by men of the planet but exposes the filthiness of the inherent nastiness of people. Along with Chandler's The Long Goodbye, this is the best of the genre. Macdonald hearkens the philosophical arguments of Hobbes, that man, in the state of nature, is an evil mess bent on accumulating whatever he can with little regard for methods or bloody trails. Archer, Macdonald's detective, serves as the author's voice, who, with a critical and jaundiced eye, stays above the fray with a moral superiority that seems false.
This is both a fantastic novel - tightly plotted, shocking, full of passages that demand rereading, and descriptive beyond mention - and a social critique of the highest order.
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Posted December 30, 2014
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