The Wycherly Woman

By Ross Macdonald
Read by Grover Gardner

The Lew Archer Series: Book 9

8.08 Hours 11/01/2009 unabridged
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Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Lew Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly—or for someone to make her disappear. And before he could locate the Wycherly girl, Archer had to reckon with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe’s mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake.

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Summary

Summary

A 2010 AudioFile Best Voice Winner

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best 2010

Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Lew Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly—or for someone to make her disappear. And before he could locate the Wycherly girl, Archer had to reckon with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe’s mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fine yarn…The pace is fast, the plot well-knit with plenty of suspense and surprise as extra dividends.” Chicago Tribune
“[A] fine example of noir hard-boiled mystery at its best. Audie® Award–winning experienced narrator Grover Gardner’s retro pace and spirit capture the bleak early 1960s on the Upper Peninsula of California from San Francisco down to the sleepy towns of Palo Alto and San Jose, pre-Silicon valley…Refreshing. Classic novel, classy reader.” Soundcommentary.com (starred review)
“The Wycherly Woman is a classic noir puzzle, and Grover Gardner is ideal as the iconic Lew Archer, Bay Area gumshoe of the hard-boiled kind…Gardner keeps it tense, dramatic, and thoroughly entertaining, his performance a perfect match for Macdonald’s pace and style. Winner of the Audiofile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Lew Archer [is] up to his neck in murder, kidnapping, and blackmail—just another day at the office. This is hard-boiled detective writing at the top of its form.” Library Journal

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Reviews

by Robert12 9/13/2017
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Another Great Read by Grover Gardner

You can't go wrong with anything by Ross MacDonald and you can't do any better than Grover Gardner reading MacDonald's words. Gardner IS Lew Archer and after listening to several of his audiobooks I can't imagine anyone else doing the narration.

Author

Author Bio: Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald (1915–1983) was the pen name of Kenneth Millar. Born near San Francisco but raised in British Columbia, he returned to the United States as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. For over twenty years he lived in Santa Barbara and wrote mystery novels about the fascinating and changing society of his native state. He is widely credited with elevating the detective novel to the level of literature with his compactly written tales of murder and despair. His works have received awards from the Mystery Writers of America and of Great Britain, and his book The Moving Target was made into the movie Harper in 1966. In 1982 he was awarded the Eye Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Private Eye Writers of America.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English