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The ChillGetting the inevitable comparison out of the way this is the second Ross MacDonald novel I ve read and he does not come close to the soul Raymond Chandler poured into his novels Not coming close to Chandler doesn t mean MacDonald is not any good however From what others write The Chill is one of MacDonald s best perhaps the best While he does basically copy Chandler s form without being able to replicate Chandler s glorious intangibles this is a damn good noir story in its own right Yes it to replicate Chandler s glorious intangibles this is a damn good noir story in its own right Yes it be criticized for not developing nough atmosphere or for letting Archer protagonistdetective walk from one fluid hunch to another convenient finding all too On the edge of nowhere, easily but I don t agree that there is lack of characterization or insight into human behaviorsociety in this book Sure the characters play their select role in this grand plot butven in that co And now I understand why those au fait than Ross McDonald than I have been heartily recommending that I read The Chill This is one of the best detective novels I ve read and I really haven t been a slouch at picking up detective novels The Chill is an absolutely superb mystery tale with real depth and a tonne of atmosphere There is no higher praise from me than to say it is worthy of Raymond ChandlerArcher is hired almost as a spontaneous decision by Alex Kincaid a young man whose new wife has disappeared on their honeymoon The wife actually turns out to be Etat de siège easy to find but Archer s digging swiftly leads to three murders two old and one brand new and Archer finds himself sinking deeper and deeper This is a mystery which keeps on giving where twist and turns and red herrings are used so skilfully and artfully They come about as part of the character rather than simply through the mechanics of the plot So it isn t like Agatha Christie where the workings are visible and look contrived as a conseuence but a sleek sports car of a thriller which one can only marvel at I defy anyone to guess whodunitThe fact that Archer is hired on the hoof by someone who has only just learnt of hisxistence ten minutes before lends the book something of a fish out of water feel ven as our hero is operating on home turf It gives the whole piece a disorientating uality so that verything is that little bit dangerous And this is the book of MacDonald s of those I ve read so far where the fact that Archer is something of a cipher is best used He s like a sponge which can absorb the other character s neurosis and psychosis Mortelle Adle, Tome 14: Prout atomique encouraging them to spillven of their deep dark secrets but he s also a mirror which can hold these secrets up to them and let them know who they really are This is superlative crime fiction If you like Ross MacDonald or like Chandler or La Tnbreuse Escorte (Bien Belle Compagnie t. 3) enjoy mysteries of any hue The Chill is definitely recommended My favorite mystery novel Ross Macdonald writes in the noirprivateye tradition of Raymond chandler and dashiell hammett but there the resemblance and Dashiell Hammett but there the resemblance Chandler features a strong first person narrator Marlowe and plots made up of well crafted scenes and many loose « Si je reviens un jour » - Les Lettres retrouvées de Louise Pikovsky (RDL.BD) (French Edition) ends Macdonald s narrator Lew Archer is a minor character who just happens to be invery scene and his plots are as clever and intricate as the best British mysteries Where other crime writers in the gumshoe genre are obsessed with vengeance fantasies Macdonald s interests are family dynamics Justice specially its fallout and the ways in which the past haunts the livingThe plot of the The Chill is so complex that trying to describe it here is nearly impossible In brief Archer is hired by a young newlywed to find his wife who disappeared on the night of their honeymoon He does so in short order but finding their honeymoon He does so in short order but finding only raises uestions many of which seem to be tied to a murder that occurred two decades arlier As Archer tries to piece together the past and the present which has murders of its own before long he finds himself moving through the various social strata of a coastal college town in southern California The Chill features one of the great twist ndings one that passes the crucial tes. In The Chill a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer fi. ,
Ce Haggerty For Lefty Godot The pitcher Archer The pitcher in the rye Haggerty He prefers bourbon Archer So do I You sound anti intellectual to me Mr Haggerty Archer Didn t I pass the test Archer It depends on who does the grading Haggerty I ve been thinking maybe I ought to go back to school ArcherAnother one of the solid noir like detective novels from the long running series by Ross MacDonald aka Kenneth Millar this arly 60 s ntry dates from the middle of the run Private investigator Lew Archer is taking a break from pounding his usual beat in Los Angeles Instead he is finishing up one case in a sunny small So Cal coastal university town when literally just moments after walking out of a courtroom as a verdict is handed down on his client he s hired to locate a young runaway bride by her concerned husband Of course the matter uickly spirals INTO A MUCH LARGER AND HAZARDOUS AFFAIR INVOLVING ASSUMED a much larger and hazardous affair involving assumed disguised identities deep family secrets a large cast of multiple and multi generational suspects and good old fashioned MURDER While there is a distinct lack of snappy PI patter the knightly Archer has a decent line or two but the catchy dialogue was often handled by fellow contemporary yes like Philip Marlowe and Mike Hammer the freuently serpentine story and well drawn characters keep things humming along rather nicely here A runaway bride became practically a clich of romantic comediesThis time it is a little different a young wife left her husband right during the first days of their honeymoon without any The Gutter Prayer explanation Before people start throwing around accusations of domestic abuse which became another clich lately I need to say that no the guy was nice to his spouse Anyhow the devastated guy literally stumbled upon Lew Archer who took pity of him and promised to take a look around trying to find thescapee and figure out her motivations I can sum up Histoire de la fatigue - Du Moyen Âge à nos jours everything I think about this novel in just one short word Wow This is actuallyxactly what I said right after I turned over the last page The novel has practically Durgapur Chronicles everything Ixpect from a good mystery a good mystery sorry for a bad pun countless plot twists that were still possible to keep track of interesting cast of people most of whom had some skeletons in the past The said skeletons were interconnected with those of other people s in the bizarre and unexpected ways I was able to solve the mystery at the same time as Archer did to be fair it happened practically on the last page I really hate it when the identity of the culprit becomes obvious in the middle of the book with the second half of it spent on investigator running around like a headless chicken The ability to solve the mystery with clues given is a nice bonus All in all this is the best novel of the series so far AT THIS POINT I AM SURE this point I am sure will finish the series Cocorico je sais lire ! avec les P'tites poules - Mthode de lecture syllabique et progressive ds 5 ans even if the following books would be much weaker I know Ross Macdonald really can deliver The final rating is 45 stars Young Alex Kincaid wants Lew Archer to find his wife Dolly who left in the middle of their honeymoon weekend It seems a gray bearded man visited her in their hotel room and soon after she disappeared It doesn t take Lew long to find Dolly but by the time he does she is tangled up in two murders and miredven deeply in the past This is one of Ross Macdonald s best dectective novels perhaps the finest of all The plot is خاطرات نخستین سپهبد ایران extraordinarily complex but never convoluted The book is filled with lies and false identities and when the full truth is known and the last mask is off a few pages before the book snd the result is surprising and yet satisfying tooThe imagery of The Chill is particularly fine There is the usual Macdonald imagery the dynamic past the fragile present the blighted future and a superabundance of masks But to these The Chill adds some particularly poignant images of flight as characters strive to soar and instead smash themselves like birds against a plate glass windowThis is a fine novel and a near perfect piece of detective fiction A must read for all fans of the genre. El of nerve racking suspense desperately believable characters and one of the most intricate plots ver spun by an American crime writer. ,

T of being unexpected and inevitable This forgotten masterpiece of detective fiction deserves a wider readership This is to put it bluntly Macdonald at his peak If you want to read one Macdonald book this is it The Galton Case comes in second There are some key similarities of theme with Zebra which notwithstanding the flaws I indicated in my review of that book is xcellent and it would probably help to read Zebra before reading The ChillIt has been said that late Archer is a therapist with a priviate detective s licence And it is Macdonald s skill to have been able to create plausibly and in less than 300 pages such a web Of Neurotic Entanglements That The neurotic Ghost Road Blues entanglements that the person might find it hard to credit them but which I can tell you from bitterxperience is anything but rare in this world Sometimes such Il cavaliere e la morte. Sotie entanglements occur in families sometimes in the workplace or in the diplomatic relations of nations on the verge of war Macdonald transposed the psychology to the murder scenario where it gains a certain plausibility and allows for a certain purity of analysis Purity of analysisBut make no mistake it is simply the human condition he has come to analyze in its rawest forms You look tired Lew But you doxist The 11th Lew ArcherSome aesthetes were riffing on Ross Macdonald this morning on another site uoted Westlake s dismissal this guy must have bought carbon paper by the pound you know because all of his books in the series seem to have plots that are a mite redundantI could give a rat s assThey Atlas des guerres et des conflits. Un tour du monde gopolitique entertain me and it s soasy to dismiss the Lew Archer series for being apparently repetitiveI can t argue for the defense I love Les Petites Filles de Courbelles every novel I ve read in the seriesSame goes for thisThis one finds Archer hired by a Dobie Gillis like collegiate to defend his newish wife a troubled young woman who may or may not have committed a bevy of crimes including murderArcher is retained by the husband as well as the dean of the college and the dean s mom to prove the young woman s innocence Footsteps approached from the direction of the main house A big man in an alligator coatmerged from the fog his bald head gleaming in the light from the doorway He greeted Bradshaw warmlyHello Roy I Soldat Peaceful enjoyed your speech what I heard of it You lllevate us the Athens of the West Unfortunately a patient dragged me out in the middle of it She wanted to know if it was safe for her to see a Tennessee Williams movie all by herself She really wanted me to go along with her and protect her from bad thoughts He turned to me Mr Archer I m Dr Godwin hisssssssNo spoilers Dr Godwin is just a son of a bitchLike most analystsOnly he seems intent on directing his patients to follow a script of his own making We drove toward Reno a city where nothing good has Kandahar, oder Hölle genannt ever Nov 2019This book has a terrific mystery plot I remembered thending the solution to the crime so it was interesting to read it again It is unusual for me to remember Ross Macdonald books actually I have a theory which may be true that these Lew Archer mysteries are so very good so smooth and delicious it is impossible not to read them so fast they don t stay in your mind after Anyway definitely worth reading againDec 2011Another totally satisfying Ross Macdonald book Many think Some men spend their lives looking for ways to punish themselves for having been born Ross Macdonald The Chill Ross Macdonald might write Chandleresue noir as good or better than Chandler SOME OF THE LINES FROM THE CHILL WERE SO of the lines from The Chill were so they could cut a day into dark chocolate bite sized hours The Chill had a pretty good twist at the Le Diable dans la peau (Sueurs froides) (French Edition) end The only downside to the novel was it almost needed an overcoat withxtra pockets for all the characters By the J'ai pous un communiste end I needed a small pocket book to keep all femme fatales and dead women straight Like most Macdonald novels the d nouement of the Chill seems to snake into your pants suirm and bite you before you a Looking for someone predatory Professor Helen Haggerty Just waiting Lew Archer hardboiled private investigator For Lefty or Godot It makes a differen. Nds himselfntangled in two murders one twenty years old the other so recent that the blood is still wet What Adultre, mode d'emploi ensues is a detective nov.