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The Chill (Lew Archer Series Book 11) Kindle Edition
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"An entertainment of almost Byzantine complexity in which practically nothing is as the facts would seem. . . . Highly satisfactory." --The New Yorker
"Lew Archer . . . is a crime-fighter of the old school; painstakingly searching out the twisting thread of suspense that leads him from the hint of one complicated drama to another." --Christian Science Monitor
- ASIN : B004FYZK2U
- Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reissue edition (December 22, 2010)
- Publication date : December 22, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1278 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #319,766 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is not the case with Ross Macdonald.
He started out more simply with novels like The Moving Target but by the time he reaches The Chill, the plot is an onslaught of red herrings and plot convolutions.
I’ve now read most of Macdonald’s novels, and the complex, morally twisted Chill is as good as it gets.
And that is very good.
If you have not read Ross MacDonald then start now. If you have then you know this is Lew Archer and another complex murder mystery which leaves deep psychological scars besides dead victims. As always, a treat to read to read or listen to on CD.
Top reviews from other countries
The book begins with a mysterious case of a missing bride. Archer soon tracks her down but in the process he finds himself thrown into the murky world of American academia and campus politics with snooty lecturers, frustrated tutors and a whole snake pit of seething rivalries and passions. In particular Archer finds himself involved in the frustrated world of Helen Haggerty, a new lecturer with an opaque past into which it is possibly best not to look too closely. Threats have been made to Haggerty's life but Archer doesn't take them especially seriously. But then, not long after, events unfold that prove him disastrously wrong.
The Chill seems to occupy something of a curious place in the ranks of Macdonald's novels. It's frequently cited as the best of the lot and yet, to other readers, it's regarded as over-complex and implausible. True, the plot is deeply twisted (in the best possible sense of the word) and it folds over upon itself in fascinating and elaborate ways but while the ending was (to me at least) massively unexpected Macdonald does play fair with his readers. The clues are all there - I just didn't see them coming and recognise their significance at the time. Besides, I would argue that the real beauty of the Lew Archer books lies not so much in the plots as in the character of Archer himself - always hopeful of finding decent qualities in people in spite of years spent disentangling their shabby, selfish behaviour - and in Macdonald's prose. There are hard-boiled noir lines in the Archer books that Chandler would have envied: 'The front of her blouse curved out over her desk like a spinnaker going downwind', for example, may not win any prizes for political correctness, but it's a perfect example of a prose style that was just made for 1950s and 1960s down-at-heel American detective fiction with its ice-blondes and spivs and low-life crooks. I've read quite a few of the Macdonald Lew Archer series now and they have all been superb - ideal reading to take your mind off the pressures of work and the routine of daily life. The Chill, I'd say, is right up there with the best in the series. Recommended.
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