The Underground Man (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 31 Dec 1996
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Sadly the ending was a little predictable too. Nonetheless a reasonable read but not a great one.
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