The Zebra-Striped Hearse

By Ross Macdonald
Read by Grover Gardner

The Lew Archer Series: Book 10

8.40 Hours 04/01/2003 unabridged
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Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man’s suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all, Ross Macdonald’s private eye is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law’s—and Archer’s—in this powerful, fast-paced novel of murder on the California coast.

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Summary

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A 1963 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man’s suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all, Ross Macdonald’s private eye is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law’s—and Archer’s—in this powerful, fast-paced novel of murder on the California coast.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is completely and formally a detective novel, but with more meat on its bones than nine out of ten novels.” New York Times Book Review
“A model of [Macdonald’s] excellence…has character, statement, and style.” New Yorker
“Macdonald is one of the elite in hard-boiled mystery fiction…[Gardner’s] rendition is a first-class reading.” AudioFile
“This is hard-boiled detective writing at the top of its form.” Library Journal

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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: 8.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English