The doomsters

by Ross Macdonald

Paper Book, 1958




New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2007


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 fa├žade masks the rot and corruption within.… (more)

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LibraryThing member RDHawk6886
All of MacDonald's stuff is brilliant,but this one is brilliant even for MacDonald. It's personal to Archer, a taut and compelling thriller and richly insightful as to the human condition.
LibraryThing member bontley
Good entry, not one of the best.
LibraryThing member bibleblaster
Between Hammett and Chandler, MacDonald is my choice. Archer's broody, moral, reflective and self-critical stance is a refreshing addition to the genre. A little bit of Faulkner on the mean streets. Not a great book, but a welcome reminder of reading MacDonald from the Cedar Rapids Public Library long, long ago.
LibraryThing member leslie.98
Good twist to the plot near the end but for some reason, I found Lew Archer less likeable in this one.




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