The Chill Author:Ross Macdonald The Chill marks the eleventh appearance of Ross Macdonald's California detective, Lew Archer. Hired to trace a runaway bride, Archer uncovers a trail of murder that leads halfway across America and twenty years into the past. Beyond that, it need only be said that the story is every bit as exciting, baffling, and ultimately satisfying as would b... more »e expected from the author of The Zebra-Striped Hearse.
In the direct line of succession that reaches from Dashiell Hammett to Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald adds, to the crackling dialogue and narrative tightness of his illustrious predecessors, impressive qualities of his own: a depth of psychological understanding, a sureness in handling a wide variety of social milieu, and a dazzling, unpredictable plot.
All this explains why Mr. Macdonald's novels "even appeal to people who don't ordinarily read mysteries," as Publisher's Weekly says, and why they are gaining an increasing audience among lovers of good fiction.« less