The Underground Man

The Underground Man

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by Ross Macdonald
     
 

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As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping. What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder—and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline. The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless

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As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping. What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder—and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline. The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth, with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of California's version of the American dream.

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ISBN-13:
9781470890452
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Underground Man (Lew Archer Series #16) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SmithDoug More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago