- format: Kindle (Amazon)
- File Size: 1636 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (July 5, 2012)
originally published 1950
- Publication Date: July 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082440BQ
- #2 in the Lew Archer series
The Drowning Pool is Ross Macdonald's gripping tale of adultery, jealousy, murder and lies.
Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries rewrote the conventions of the detective novel with their credible, humane hero, and with Macdonald's insight and moral complexity won new literary respectability for the hardboiled genre previously pioneered by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. They have also received praise from such celebrated writers as William Goldman, Jonathan Kellerman, Eudora Welty and Elmore Leonard.
This Penguin Publisher e-book version comes with an excellent introduction by John Banville.
- "as usual with Macdonald, the mud at the bottom of today's pool is stirred up by yesterday's storms. There is hardly a character in the book without something to hide from his or her past."
Three deaths later, Lew Archer comes up with an explanation that I had not seen coming.
I read it for my participation in the Crime Fiction of the Year Challenge @ Past Offences for January 2016, a book published in 1950.It also fits in with the Vintage Cover Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block.
My rating: 4.3
About the Author
MacDonald served as president of The Mystery Writers of America in 1965, received the Silver Dagger in 1964 and the Gold Dagger in 1965 from The British Crime Writers Association, and in 1981, received The Eye, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Private Eye Writers of America.