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Find a Victim: A Lew Archer Novel (original 1954; edition 2001)

by Ross Macdonald

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Title:Find a Victim: A Lew Archer Novel
Authors:Ross Macdonald
Info:Vintage (2001), Edition: 1st Vintage Crime/Black Lizard ed, Paperback, 224 pages
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Find a Victim by Ross Macdonald (1954)



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For me, the Ross MacDonald Lew Archer books are a real treat. I read this one a number of years ago and thought it time to read it again. Glad I did. Private investigator Archer drives toward a town he'll be passing through. He picks up an injured hitchhiker, which will pull him into a case of robbery, corruption, abused housewives, and murder. I have many more Lew Archer books and will be rereading them. ( )
  phillipfrey | Mar 10, 2014 |
Las Cruces is the name of the city where I was born so I remember a little bit more of this story which takes place in Las Cruces, CA.
This story is a little bit different, all the way around. Archer isn't hired to find someone. He finds a dying man on the side of the road. Archer has to stay for the inquest and people keep getting murdered. It's a small town where the sheriff calls it his county.
Archer is the same. Going from one person to the other asking questions. Trying to figure out who did what to whom, etc. He gets beat up pretty bad. I think it was eight stitches. Everybody is chasing the wrong person including Archer. Nobody is who they seem to be, I can't say much without tripping the spoiler alert. The ending is a real surprise but it lacks any suspense. It wasn't the best Macdonald, maybe he's better off being hired to find someone. ( )
  wildbill | Apr 15, 2012 |
Archer gets him some. ( )
  jburlinson | Jul 6, 2010 |
Listened as an audiobook. ( )
  idiotgirl | May 5, 2009 |
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Las Cruces wasn’t a place most travelers would think to stop. But after Lew Archer plays the good samaritan and picks up a bloodied hitchhiker, he finds himself in town for a few days awaiting a murder inquest. A hijacked truck full of liquor and an evidence box full of marijuana, $20,000 from a big time bank heist by a small time crook, corruption, adultery, incest, prodigal daughters and abused wives all make the little town seem a lot more interesting than any guide book ever could. And as the murder rate rises, Archer finds himself caught up in mystery where everyone is a suspect and everyone’s a victim.

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Lew Archer becomes involved with a beautiful blonde and a case of murder after he discovers a man dying of a bullet wound along a southern California highway.

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