Black Money (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 1 Jun 1996
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This welcome reissue of one of Macdonald's best novels reminds us once again what an important writer he was (CATHOLIC HERALD)
[A]n enjoyable racy thriller. . . this is quite simply a gem of its genre! (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'The finest series of detective novels ever written by an American' WILLIAM GOLDMAN. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Archer and author are aging and the first 'flicker of panic' at a lonely middle-age is mixed with generational interplay. Sympatheitc treatment is also given to a character with an eating disorder and a stroke victim: not the usual dramatis personae in a crime thriller. The murder story centres around a sweltering tennis centre on the West Coast of USA. Archer is hired to trail a Tom Ripley-esque suspect of dubious origin. The story takes place over a few days with our hero up til 3am every night and knocking up witnesses at all hours; a flaw in the story.
Been dipping in and out of this MacDonald/Lew Archer series and can't really make up my mind. Mr MacDonald is very good but comparisons with Chandler are not deserved and unfairly raise expectations too high. Nevertheless, 'Black Money' is one of the better books in the series of eighteen and stands alone well.
The book features Private Investigator Lew Archer, who is hired to look into the background of a Frenchman who has stolen Archer's client's girlfriend. Things are not quite as simple as they appear on the surface and in the course of his investigation Archer meets a large number of interesting characters, some with a hidden secret or two. The Detective begins to wonder if current events somehow tie into an apparent suicide seven years earlier.
What I liked about Lew Archer was his humanity: he was genuinely concerned about, and sympathetic to, unfortunate people who crossed his path, rather than ridiculing them for their obvious deficiencies. There was none of the macho nonsense that is sometimes prevalent when reading P.I. novels. Archer came across as an all round compassionate guy, reminding me in some ways of the James Lee Burke character - Dave Robicheaux.
I'm glad I stumbled across Ross Macdonald and hopefully it'll be possible to track down some of the other books in the Archer series.
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This is a noir classic that is tense and sets the mood of the period. Great reading for lovers of Detective dramasPublished 1 month ago by steve williams
Complex tale filled with flawed characters all of whom have things to hide. MacDonald's Lew Archer glides over this as he unravels a mystery going back seven years. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by Steven Aldous
Like all Macdonald's complex plots, this tale is logically and plausibly resolved by the end of one of his most compelling page turners. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2008 by Mr. A. V. Ward