Goodbye Look

ISBN-10: 0375708650
ISBN-13: 9780375708657
Edition: 2000
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Description: In The Goodbye Look, Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The prime suspect, their son Nick, has a talent for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a family with money and memories to  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

In The Goodbye Look, Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The prime suspect, their son Nick, has a talent for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a family with money and memories to burn. As Archer zeros in on Nick, he discovers a troubled blonde, a stash of wartime letters, a mysterious hobo. Then a stiff turns up in a car on an empty beach. And Nick turns up with a Colt .45. In The Goodbye Look, Ross Macdonald delves into the world of the rich and the troubled and reveals that the past has a deadly way of catching up to the present. If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his pre-decessors had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin.

Ross MacDonald, whose real name was Kenneth Millar, was born on December 13, 1915, in Los Gatos, California, to Canadian parents. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and a master's degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan. During World War II, he served as a communications officer on a United States Navy escort carrier. His first book, The Dark Tunnel, was published in 1944 under the name John MacDonald. He was best known for the Lew Archer Mystery series. Two of the books in the series, The Moving Target renamed Harper and The Drowning Pool, were adapted into movies starring Paul Newman. MacDonald died of Alzheimer's disease on July 11, 1983 at the age of 67.

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