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The Doomsters

Macdonald, Ross (Book - 2007)
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The Doomsters
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Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political dynasty, detective Lew Archer investigates the suspicious deaths of his parents, Senator Hallman and his wife Alicia. Arriving in the sleepy town of Purissima, Archer discovers that orange groves may be where the Hallmans made their mint, but they've has been investing heavily in political intimidation and police brutality to shore up their rancid wealth. However, after years of dastardly double-crossing and low down dirty-dealing, the family seem to be on the receiving end of a karmic death-blow. With two dead already and another consigned to the nuthouse, Archer races to crack the secret before another Hallman lands on the slab.Murder, madness and greed grace The Doomsters , where a tony façade masks the rot and corruption within.
Authors: Macdonald, Ross, 1915-1983
Title: The doomsters
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2007
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed
Characteristics: 251 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ross Macdonald
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1958"--T.p. verso
"A Lew Archer novel"--Cover
ISBN: 0307279049
Subject Headings: Private investigators California Fiction Archer, Lew (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Private investigators
Archer, Lew (Fictitious character)
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Private investigator Lew Archer attempts to navigate the lies of a wealthy ranching family. A fun read and a good introduction to the series. Filled with great period slang.

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Mar 09, 2011
  • LarryWayneMitchell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ross Macdonald is the undisputed king of the hard-boiled detective novel. But his writing transcends the genre to quality literature. THE DOOMSTERS is wonderful for lots of reasons. I finished it the first time, turned back to the beginning and read it again! It won't be the last time either.


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