Sleeping Beauty (Lew Archer Series #17)

Sleeping Beauty (Lew Archer Series #17)


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In Sleeping Beauty, Lew Archer finds himself the confidant of a wealthy, violent family with a load of trouble on their hands—including an oil spill, a missing girl, a lethal dose of Nembutal, a six-figure ransom, and a stranger afloat, face down, off a private beach. Here is Ross Macdonald's masterful tale of buried memories, the consequences of arrogance, and the anguished relations between parents and their children. Riveting, gritty, tautly written, Sleeping Beauty is crime fiction at its best.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780375708664
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Series: Lew Archer Series , #17
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 532,336
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Ross Macdonald died in 1983.

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Sleeping Beauty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has all the elements. It was the second to last book he ever completed, before his mind was tragically taken by Alzheimers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ross MacDonald is at his peak here, providing his readers with a socially critical worldview mixed with a literary flair rarely seen in this genre.
jrtanworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ross Macdonald in top form. Somehow I missed this one when I read most of the Lew Archer series 30 years ago. This is a classic of dysfunctional families, long-buried secrets, unexplained deaths, and dogged detective work by Archer. Interestingly, it takes place in the context of a major oil spill on the west coast due to a rupture at a drilling rig owned by the key family in the story. In the year of the BP sill, this makes especially interesting reading.
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