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The Chill

Written by Ross Macdonald

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Chill Synopsis

Private detective Lew Archer has better things to do than take on an investigation for Alex Kincaid, a young man claiming that his new bride, Dolly, has gone missing. Snapped by a hotel photographer on the day of their wedding, the beautiful girl vanished only hours after and Alex has heard nothing since. But when Archer begins digging, he finds evidence that links Dolly to brutal murders that span two decades, and a terrible secret. In this byzantine and compelling tale, Ross Macdonald explores the darkest experiences that can bind a family together - and tear it apart. Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries rewrote the conventions of the detective novel with their credible, humane hero, and with Macdonald's insight and moral complexity won new literary respectability for the hardboiled genre previously pioneered by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. They have also received praise from such celebrated writers as William Goldman, Jonathan Kellerman, Eudora Welty and Elmore Leonard.

The Chill Press Reviews

The finest series of detective novels ever written by an American -- William Goldman Ross MacDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books -- James Ellroy America's greatest crime writer -- Elmore Leonard A more serious and complex writer than Chandler and Hammett ever were -- Eudora Welty A master of structure and story... a writer of immense grace, sensitivity and insight -- Jonathan Kellerman

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141196619
Publication date: 5th July 2012
Author: Ross Macdonald
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages

About Ross Macdonald

MacDonald served as president of The Mystery Writers of America in 1965, received the Silver Dagger in 1964 and the Gold Dagger in 1965 from The British Crime Writers Association, and in 1981, received The Eye, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Private Eye Writers of America.

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