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The Blue Hammer: A Lew Archer Novel

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Grover Gardner

8 Hours 16 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

June 2005

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In this masterful Macdonald mystery, the desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness, and only Lew Archer can make sense of a killer who makes murder a work of art.

The era is the 1970s, the settin, Southern California. Private investigator Lew Archer has been hired to retrieve a stolen canvas reputed to be the work of the celebrated Richard Chantry, who vanished in 1950 from his home in Santa Teresa. It is the portrait of an unknown woman.

Suddenly, Archer finds himself drawn into a web of family complications and masked brutalities stretching back fifty years, through a world where money both talks or buys silence; where social prominence is a murderous weapon; where, behind the plausible façades of homes not quite broken but badly bent, a heritage of lies and evasions pushes troubled men and women deeper into trouble. And as he pursues the Chantry portrait and the larger mystery of Richard Chantry, Archer himself is shaken as never before—by a woman.

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  • Coral

    Cut my teeth on loving mystery listening on this type of story on my radio graduated to the 30 min TV ones and still enjoy simple good and evil stories and Ross MacDonald is one of the best crime writers

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