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The Underground Man (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 31 Dec 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Ed edition (31 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679768084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679768081
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,028,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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""

About the Author

Ross Macdonald's real name was Kenneth Millar. Born near San Francisco in 1915 and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Millarreturned 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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The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald

Penguin are re-releasing five of the works of Ross Macdonald in their Modern Classics series, thus alerting a new generation of readers to a treasure trove of American thrillers, written with a literary artistry which has all but vanished from the genre in recent years.

Don't equate artistry with flaccidity. Macdonald's tales are hardboiled, his characters strongly and sharply drawn, their conflicts hot-blooded.

But he writes about them with such skill that a character is impaled by a few words, a mood is captured, an emotion defined, an action frozen. For example:

"He nodded, then he cried. He nodded and cried, nodded and cried like a human pump."

"As she looked at me her eyes misted over like cold windows."

"She was pretty enough to make me conscious that I hadn't shaved."

"She went into deep thought. It sat prettily on her, softening the anxious angularity of her posture."

"He felt resentful and betrayed like a sailor who has come to the edge of a flat world."

Macdonald's private eye is Lew Archer. He is a lonely man, emotionally scarred but enduringly sensitive to others' hurt. He is an engaging and endearing figure.

The Underground Man deals with the abduction of a young boy, murder, betrayal, envy, the arrogance of the monied, the despair of the abandoned. In other words, what happens to people.

As the eminent critic Malcolm Forbes has observed: "Macdonald matters because of his ability to accurately depict the dire and dastardly things humankind does to itself and infuse them with a glorious poetic sensibility.
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Lew Archer, PI, almost accidentally becomes involved in the search for a young boy he had befriended earlier. The boy's father is murdered shortly thereafter and Lew is soon investigating much more, including the disappearance of the boy's grandfather many years ago.

This is a good private detective story featuring Lew who appears in a great number of Ross Macdonald books. The novel is quite old so we don't have technology helping to solve the mysteries. We also don't have any profanity, gore or sex. We do, however, have a good whodunit which keeps the reader engaged as Lew goes about his work. There are no silly plot elements holding the story together either. I found some parts slow-going and I did lose track of some of the characters at times though.

These minor quibbles aside, this was a solid and intriguing mystery featuring a likeable PI.
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The Underground Man is number one on my list together with White Butterfly (written by Walter Mosley ). And I have read over hundred novels (mostly detective novels ) in english. Ross Macdonald understands life, human beings and family problems. I have read The Underground Man in 1992 and I want read it again. I can also recommend other novel(written by Ross Macdonald ): The Chill is absolutely worth reading.
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This book is a classic, and Ross MacDonald is one of the best 'noir' writers that has ever put pen to paper. It hasn't dated and weaves an atmosphere that keeps you reading.
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Madonald's novels are carefully honed and crafted works of literature disguised as detective novels. He is the poet of contemporary disaffection, as is evidenced by this mystery which has one of the best openings of any of Archer's cases, leading on to a family tragedy spanning generations.
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Chandleresque novel set in Southern California. Well written, lovely style. Probably too many superfluous characters for me which detracted a little from the story.

Sadly the ending was a little predictable too. Nonetheless a reasonable read but not a great one.
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