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As a mysterious fire rages through an affluent community in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing—and possibly kidnapped—child and uncovers and entire secret history of wayward parents, wounded offspring, and murder. Along with its merciless suspense, The Underground Man possesses a moral vision as complex as that of a classic Greek tragedy.
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Overview

As a mysterious fire rages through an affluent community in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing—and possibly kidnapped—child and uncovers and entire secret history of wayward parents, wounded offspring, and murder. Along with its merciless suspense, The Underground Man possesses a moral vision as complex as that of a classic Greek tragedy.
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Anthony Boucher
I should like to venture that Ross MacDonald is a better novelist than either…Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler.
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"A more serious and complex writer than Chandler and Hammett ever were."- Eudora Welty

"Ross Macdonald is an important American novelist!"- San Francisco Chronicle

"I should like to venture that Ross Macdonald is a better novelist than either... Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler."-  Anthony Boucher, The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553239324
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1984
  • Series: Lew Archer Series, #16
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Ross Macdonald's real name was Kenneth Millar.  Born near San Francisco in 1915 and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Millar returned to the U.S. as a young man and published his first novel in 1944.  He served as the President of the Mystery Writers of America and was awarded their Grand Master Award, as well as the Mystery Writers of Great Britain's Silver Dagger Award.  He died in 1983.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

    Quite likely one of the greatest noir novels ever written. Macd

    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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