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- 出版社: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (2011/2/23)
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The Galton Case: A Lew Archer Novel (Lew Archer Series Book 8) (English Edition) Kindle版
The tale opens with detective Lew Archer visiting the swanky offices of a lawyer acquaintance, who engages him to hunt for a long-missing scion of the rich Galton family. Though the case seems fruitless, Archer begins digging. Soon a seemingly unrelated crime intrudes--but Archer tells us, "I hate coincidences." As he roams California (and, briefly, Nevada) following leads and hunches, he gradually uncovers a long-buried tale of deception, hatred, and the power of illusion. As usual, Macdonald can accomplish more with three lines of dialogue and a simple description than most writers can in three pages. The connection between Archer's two cases finally clicks about three-quarters of the way through the book, and the moving denouement, with its final plot twist, takes place in a hardscrabble Canadian boarding house much like those in which Macdonald spent parts of his childhood. The Galton Case is an exceptionally satisfying read on several levels. --Nicholas H. Allison
A more serious and complex writer than Chandler and Hammett ever were (Eudora Welty)
America's greatest crime writer (Elmore Leonard)
Ross MacDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books (James Ellroy)
The finest series of detective novels ever written by an American (William Goldman)
I defy any reader to set the book aside before the last twist in a thrilling story (Barry Turner Daily Mail) --このテキストは、kindle_edition版に関連付けられています。
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fan for so many years and constantly bemoaned the fact that he wrote so few full length novels. The taut plotting, the noir narrative in the first person
and the sometimes hilarious wit that we associated with Chandler's Marlowe is all there. What a breath of fresh air, after being unimpressed by so many modern crime writers (even best-selling ones) that I have tried. Im working my way through MacDonald books at quite a pace. As with Chandler, when I have read them all, I plan to start all over again!
This was my first read in the Lew Archer series, and I had heard positive comments about this and the series in general prior to my read. After finishing, I’m glad this series has been brought to my attention and I’ll definitely look into more in the series.
The Galton Case involves Archer being summoned to help an elderly woman track down her son (Anthony) who has been missing for some twenty years. It seems that, along with Anthony Galton, a sum of the family fortune also went missing around that same time. A family lawyer gives Archer the ins and outs of the family and the parameters for what he can and cannot reveal in his search. Archer seems to think, and with good reason, that there are quite a few secrets that are hidden under the surface of this investigation concerning many of the key principle characters. Suffice to say, the con game gets very thick about midway through, and the plot heads to quite a complex (and somewhat complicated) ending. As Archer learns more and more key clues, he takes a detour to what he believes will solve this riddle.
There much to admire about MacDonald’s work and writing. Within the scope of the plot, there is a subplot with a bit of psych0analysis, which I found rather interesting. At points, we definitely zoom in on several characters and examine them under the microscope for motives and reasons, and I thought that angle was particularly fascinating. MacDonald weaves a story with both complexity and attention to minimalist yet quality prose which makes for a fine reading experience, and Archer is there to lead the way.
I do believe that The Galton Case is a perfect way to start the Archer series if you haven’t started yet, but are interested.
All of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries are worth reading, but this one represents a peak in his middle period, just as The Way Some People Die is his peak early novel.
There is definitely a formula which every Lew Archer novel follows- a unsolved crime in the past, a troubled young man in the present. This time, it is a young man who may be the heir to a fortune:
"What was the name of the orphanage?"
"Crystal Springs. It's near Cleveland. They didn't call it an orphanage. They called it a Home. Which didn't make it any more homelike."
"You say your mother put you there?" I said.
"When I was four."
"Do you remember your mother?"
"Of course. I remember her face, especially. She was very pale and thin, with blue eyes. I think she must have been sick. She had a bad cough. Her voice was husky, very low and soft. I remember the last thing she ever said to me: Your daddy's name was John Brown, too, and you were born in California.' I didn't know what or where California was, but I held on to the word. You can see why I had to come here, finally." His voice seemed to have the resonance of his life behind it.
It is bracing to read 'critical,' even derogatory reviews of a book you really like. Ross Macdonald is not John Macdonald, but that doesn't mean his stories are less realistic. Is the following hard-boiled, or not?
He held his brother's head possessively against his shoulder. In the light of the stars they seemed like twins, mirror images of each other. Roy looked at Tommy in a puzzled way, as if he couldn't tell which was the real man and which was the reflection. Or which was the possessor and which was the possessed.
Footfalls thudded in the dust behind me. It was Mrs. Fredericks, wearing a bathrobe and carrying a pan of water. "Here," was all she said. She handed me the pan and went back into the house. She wanted no part of the trouble in the street. Her house was well supplied with trouble.
I had a fond recollection of this book from several years ago, but found the details fresh and compelling, and the story almost heart-breaking, once again. A superb book.
One caution, though. My impression when I read them many years ago was that Macdonald's very last novels showed a puzzling mediocrity. Then it was reported that Macdonald had died of complications stemming from Alzheimer's disease. I'd guess he was in decline and bravely carrying on in those last novels. So to read the best Ross Macdonald, we should probably avoid them. "The Galton Case" is a fine example of Macdonald in his prime. It's rich with quiet but telling metaphors. We constantly get the sense of something perfectly rendered. And there is a real mystery in this story. Lew Archer solves it through persistent insight, trial, and error, until the final surprise bulls us over. On the one hand, the end really surprised me; on the other hand, it explained everything.