The Doomsters

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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2007, ©1958.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
ISBN: 9780307279040
Branch Call Number: MF MACDONALD, ROSS
Characteristics: 251 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 28, 2016

Per the previous comment, Ross Macdonald is more a prince in waiting than a king of hardboiled. As we know, the three kings are Hammett, Chandler, and Cain. Still, he's one of the better of the post-Chandler writers, best-known for his series of Lew Archer novels. This one is not terribly distinctive. Paul Newman played Archer twice on film.

Mar 09, 2011

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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