The Moving Target

The Moving Target

Book - 1998
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As Lew Archer investigates the kidnapping of Southern California millionaire Ralph Sampson, he is drawn from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to the casual violence of seedy jazz joints.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998
Edition: 1st Vintage crimeBlack Lizard ed
ISBN: 9780375701467
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MACDONALD 1998
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 14, 2016

Ross Macdonald (not to be confused with another crime writer, John D. MacDonald) wrote a bunch of California-set books with private eye Lew Archer as his hero. He's definitely in the same vein as Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Chandler saw Marlowe as more of a hero, while Archer is more cynical and less principled. The story involves a missing husband, a sultry stepdaughter, a wacky cult, and a lot of people with suspect motives. This was filmed with Paul Newman as Archer, but they changed the title to "Harper." If you like this, there are a bunch more in the series. PS-Per another comment, I didn't find the writing "cute."

Apr 22, 2015

"The Moving Target" was first published in 1949 when the hardboiled private eye genre was still in vogue. I would rate it at 4 stars for a first book effort. Ross Macdonald would go on to write another 17 novels in his Lew Archer private eye series, all of which were successful in the marketplace.

Ross Macdonald was the President of the Mystery Writers of America and also received their Grand Master Award in 1974.

If you enjoy reading the hardboiled private eye genre, then "The Moving Target" is a good choice.


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