As Ross MacDonald is quoted on the back of the book, DOUBLE INDEMNITY is " ... an American Masterpiece ..." Reading only the first chapter of this classic of the genre will tell you that. As your eyes flick majestically and smoothly from word to word, you are introduced to the two main characters in the novel. One - the victim, you could say, is WALTER HUFF, an insurance salesman, doing the right thing by his customer but at the wrong place, and certainly as fate would have it, at the wrong time. The other - the predator, is Mrs Phyllis Nirdlinger, who innocently enough, asks about taking accident insurance out on her husband. This sounds fairly innocuous, but by the end of chapter one, the hairs on the back of your neck have all risen to attention and you realise your interest has piqued in this story already.
The reader will soon realise that Mrs Nirdlinger is crazy. We also know that Walter is crazy, too, but in a different way. He is crazy in love with the beautiful psychopath who has a talent and preference for manipulation and self-deceit.
The writing is clean, simple, and pure. The story has not really aged given that it was written and first published by in the 1930s. The book is a joy to read. Mr MacDonald was right. The book is an unequivocal masterpiece. Buy it. Read it. Saviour it. Let it change you as all great books will.