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The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald
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Aug 08, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Mystery fans, detective fiction buffs
Read in August, 2007

Fantastic. MacDonald clearly steps out from the shadow of Raymond Chandler with this book. Less cynical and conflicted than Chandler's Philip Marlowe, Lew Archer fits the template of the jaded private eye, but with a more resigned, is-what-it-is outlook on life and corruption. The writing style is less dense and elaborate than Chandler's, but still effective in its bleak starkness. A great novel, not just a great detective novel.
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