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Entangled in two murders one twenty years old the other so recent that the blood is still wet What ensues is a detective novel of nerve racking su. “Some men spend their lives looking for ways to punish themselves for having been born” ― Ross Macdonald The Chill Ross Macdonald might write Chandleresue noir as good or better than Chandler Some of the lines from 'The Chill' were so sharp they could cut a day into dark chocolate bite sized hours 'The Chill' had a pretty good twist at the end The only downside to the novel was it almost needed an overcoat with extra pockets for all the characters By the end I needed a small pocket book to keep all femme fatales and dead women straight Like most Macdonald novels the dénouement of the Chill seems to snake into your pants suirm and bite you before you are uite ready for the book to end That is one thing about Macdonald he ties up ALL the snakes at the endThere is a popular trope often attributed to Brian Eno that the Velvet Underground's first album only sold 30000 copies during its first five years but that “everyone who bought one of those 30000 copies started a band” I think the same thing can be said about Macdonald He was one of those writers who probably sold less than his talent deserved but whose influence on the modern day detective novel is practically unsurpassed He was a writer's writer the professor of pulp the high king of hard boiled the prophet of classic myths retold as California crime fiction He was a god and you bet you ass every single word was a sacred creation

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The ChillSpense desperately believable characters and one of the most intricate plots ever spun by an American crime writer From the Trade Paperback edition. And now I understand why those au fait than Ross McDonald than I have been heartily recommending that I read ‘The Chill’This is one of the best detective novels I’ve read and I really haven’t been a slouch at picking up detective novels ‘The Chill’ is an absolutely superb mystery tale with real depth and a tonne of atmosphere There is no higher praise from me than to say it is worthy of Raymond ChandlerArcher is hired – almost as a spontaneous decision – by Alex Kincaid a young man whose new wife has disappeared on their honeymoon The wife actually turns out to be easy to find but Archer’s digging swiftly leads to three murders – two old and one brand new – and Archer finds himself sinking deeper and deeper This is a mystery which keeps on giving where twist and turns and red herrings are used so skilfully and artfully They come about as part of the character rather than simply through the mechanics of the plot So it isn’t like Agatha Christie where the workings are visible and look contrived as a conseuence – but a sleek sports car of a thriller which one can only marvel at I defy anyone to guess whodunitThe fact that Archer is hired on the hoof by someone who has only just learnt of his existence ten minutes before lends the book something of a fish out of water feel even as our hero is operating on home turf It gives the whole piece a disorientating uality so that everything is that little bit dangerous And this is the book of MacDonald’s of those I’ve read so far where the fact that Archer is something of a cipher is best used He’s like a sponge which can absorb the other character’s neurosis and psychosis encouraging them to spill even of their deep dark secrets; but he’s also a mirror which can hold these secrets up to them and let them know who they really are This is superlative crime fiction If you like Ross MacDonald or like Chandler – or enjoy mysteries of any hue – ‘The Chill’ is definitely recommended

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The Chill review ç eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ In The Chill a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself entangled in two murders one twenty years old the other so recent that the blood is still wet What ensues is a detective novel of nerve racking suspenseIn The Chill a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself. Looking for someone predatory Professor Helen Haggerty Just waiting Lew Archer hardboiled private investigator For Lefty or Godot It makes a difference Haggerty For Lefty Godot The pitcher Archer The 'pitcher in the rye' Haggerty He prefers bourbon Archer So do I You sound anti intellectual to me Mr Haggerty Archer Didn't I pass the test Archer It depends on who does the grading Haggerty I've been thinking maybe I ought to go back to school ArcherAnother one of the solid noir like detective novels from the long running series by Ross MacDonald aka Kenneth Millar this early 60's entry dates from the middle of the run Private investigator Lew Archer is taking a break from pounding his usual beat in Los Angeles Instead he is finishing up one case in a sunny small So Cal coastal university town when literally just moments after walking out of a courtroom as a verdict is handed down on his client he's hired to locate a young runaway bride by her concerned husband Of course the matter uickly spirals into a much larger and hazardous affair involving assumed or disguised identities deep family secrets a large cast of multiple and multi generational suspects and good old fashioned MURDER While there is a distinct lack of snappy PI patter the knightly Archer has a decent line or two but the catchy dialogue was often handled by fellow contemporary 'eyes' like Philip Marlowe and Mike Hammer the freuently serpentine story and well drawn characters keep things humming along rather nicely here