The Goodbye Look by Ross MacDonald
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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In The Goodbye Look, Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The prime suspect, their son Nick, has a talent for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a family with money and memories to burn. As Archer zeros in on Nick, he discovers a troubled blonde, a stash of wartime letters, a mysterious hobo. Then a stiff turns up in a car on an empty beach. And Nick turns up with a Colt .45. In The Goodbye Look, Ross Macdonald delves into the world of the rich and the troubled and reveals that the past has a deadly way of catching up to the present.

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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About Ross MacDonald

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Ross MacDonald's illustrations have appeared in many magazines, including the "New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Newsweek", and "Time". He is also the author and illustrator of several children's books, including "Another Perfect Day", which was a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book; "Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet", which was a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book and a "Nick Jr. Magazine" Best Book; and, most recently, "Bad Baby". Mr. MacDonald lives with his family in Connecticut. Visit his website at
Published December 1, 2010 by Vintage. 255 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction

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