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Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered…

Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered Mysteries

by Ross Macdonald

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Having read all the Lew Archer novels and most of the Lew Archer short stories, I bought this book hoping to have one last fix of Lew. I have to say I was a tad underwhelmed. These three "newly discovered" stories are far from Macdonald's best. The first tale, 'Death by Water', is a Joe Rogers tale (the proto-Lew Archer) and was written long before Macdonald had refined his style. The other two tales are 'Strangers in Town' and 'The Angry Man.' The story 'Strangers in Town is effectively an early draft of the novel 'The Ivory Grin' and the short story 'Gone Girl.' 'The Angry Man' is an early draft of the novel 'The Doomsters.' This book will no doubt be useful to those with an "academic" interest in the literary development of Lew Archer, but if you've read all the novels and are looking for one last fix of real Lew, I'd recommend getting a copy of 'The Name is Archer' from Amazon. ( )
  simondyda | Oct 11, 2013 |
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Ross Macdonald (1915-1983) was, according to The New York Times, the author of "the finest detective novels ever written by an American." His detective, Lew Archer, investigates character and place and the tensions and conflicts that form America. In Ross Macdonald's hands, Lew Archer's home turf, southern California, becomes symbolic and (perhaps more important) emblematic of the human struggle to make things right, to make sense of who we are.

In an important literary discovery, Macdonald biographer, Tom Nolan, unearthed three previously unpublished private-eye stories by Ross Macdonald. "Death by Water," written in 1945, features Macdonald's first detective Joe Rogers, and two novelettes from 1950 and 1955, "Strangers in Town" and "The Angry Man," are detailed cases of Lew Archer.

These ‘lost' stories help the reader to understand why The New York Times also said that "classify him how you will, Ross Macdonald is one of the best American novelists now operating."

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