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The Far Side of the Dollar: Library Edition Audio CD – Unabridged, January, 2000

Book 12 of 18 in the Lew Archer Novels Series

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786198893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786198894
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,811,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Has Tom Hillman run away from his exclusive reform school, or has he been kidnapped? Are his wealthy parents protecting him or their own guilty secrets? And why does every clue lead Lew Archer to an abandoned Hollywood hotel, where starlets and sailors once rubbed shoulders with grifters--and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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His prose is lyrical as well.
Kathy
"Dollar" is a great mystery and you should read everything Ross Macdonald wrote and all the great books of essays and one especially superb biography about him.
Lawrence D. Zeilinger
Characters are developed and given depth through posture and gesture.
Che Che Review

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Todd M. Pence on June 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ross MacDonald's (aka Kenneth Millar) Lew Archer novels are probably the greatest modern detective series ever, although the insistence of MacDonald to use the same formulaic elements in his books over and over and over again mean that the novels are better read individually than collectively. With that in mind, The Far Side Of The Dollar is your best bet, as it is the example of MacDonald's formula at its best and most poignant. Other superior Archer novels include The Chill, The Doomsters and The Zebra-Striped Hearse, in addition to the magnificent short story collection The Name Is Archer. Whichever Archer novel you decide to read, make sure to keep a scorecard, because the intricate plots make it hard to keep track of all the various characters and their relationships to one another.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. VINE VOICE on August 20, 2006
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Chapter I of The Far Side of the Dollar finds veteran PI Lew Archer visiting a reform school for rich teenagers. Young Thomas Hillman a recent admission to the facility has gone AWOL and Archer has been hired by the school's headmaster to find him. A fairly straightforward case, right? Wrong. As in all Ross Macdonald novels, the plot becomes ever increasingly intricate as the narrative unfolds.

There's plenty of standard Ross Macdonald fare packed into the pages of this very engaging book. Family dysfunction that spans the generations, hidden blood relationships between characters, a young person's journey to claim a birthright heretofore denied as well as jealousy and greed leading to murder most foul.

The "readability" of The Far Side of the Dollar is greatly enhanced by its wonderfully insightful descriptive prose. Another very appealling aspect to this novel is the extremely vivid and at times emotionally wrenching way the characters are developed. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy on September 28, 2004
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Ross MacDonald infuses eloquence into the lips of his tough detective, Lew Archer. In this mystery, Archer is hired to find the kidnapped son of a couple seriously alienated from one another. The teenage boy has fallen into the wrong hands, partly through his own doing, having run away from a reform school after finding out some startling facts about his background. The mastery the author exhibits as he describes emotions through imagery of the California landscape is poetic and conveys a sense of shattered lives. The reader feels as if the Pacific coast has been transformed into a map of one family's existential angst. This is a powerful mystery worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Lakewood on September 27, 2010
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I have been reading Ross MacDonald novels for over forty years now, and am currently in the process of rereading them all. In my view, he is the greatest of the thousands of American (he was Canadian, actually) detective novelists and the novels seem stronger now than when they first appeared forty or fifty years ago. MacDonald's detective Lew Archer is one of the most interesting of all fictional investigators, tough, smart, sensitive, and all too human. MacDonald is a great storyteller, and the plots are dazzling. What strikes me most after all of these years is the beauty of his very spare style, and his note-perfect recreation of post-war California. Every book from The Doomsters (1958) on is a masterpiece of the genre, and the five early Lew Archer novels are impressive, too, especially The Barbarous Coast. He is really writing Greek tragedies, under the guise of mystery thrillers. The Far Side of the Dollar is one of the gems of the whole series. I can't recommend this work too highly for anyone who appreciates literate detective fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MediaMaven23 on June 13, 2012
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A few years ago, in Los Angeles, I asked a panel (the subject was current media) what books they were currently reading. Then I answered that I had just completed a terrific Ross MacDonald crime novel, The Galton Case (still my favorite of the six I have now read). Ok, blank looks throughout the room, a bit surprising. Then I mentioned the Lew Archer series, nada (wonder if anyone of the 200 attendees knew who Philip Marlowe was, and remember this was a crowd living in the city where Chandler and MacDonald set many of their iconic works). No response. Finally, I mentioned Paul Newman and the two films, and, finally, about a dozen smiling hands were raised in happy recognition. Why have these fine works, very popular only thirty years ago, fallen into oblivion? This story is typical of the engrossing, and so very satisfying, works MacDonald gave us. Often, the "resolution" of a mystery disappoints (which is not awful in itself, think Chandler again). However, I thought the conclusion especially good. Sit back, pick it up and enjoy (I used Paul Newman's voice in my head to narrate and tell the story).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Che Che Review on May 12, 2014
Absorbing compared to most of what is being published today. Plot is captivating and tight. Characters are developed and given depth through posture and gesture. Reader cares about how the story ends. One of those reads that is hard to put down until it's done. A true classic.
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Nobody reads Ross Macdonald much anymore, but this was one of several books Amazion asked me to review this week, so I'm doing my best to oblige them. This partcular June 1984 14th Bantam Books printing has one of the fabulous James Marsh covers I collect, in which the entire series of some 20-plus books were all published as a posthumous tribute to Macdonald, who died in 1983 and whose real name was Kenneth Millar, born an American, raised in Canada, and returned to California to write. Most of Macdonald's books have deep Freudian themes to them, and are old-style hard-boiled literature whose fans included such notable greats as Eudora Welty and the editor of the New York Times Book Review. It's hard to find him in print anymore, but Black Lizard/Vintage is doing a good job of tring to keep his books afloat. Macdonald writes of the promised land, the sunny valleys of California, and the family tragedies and mysteries behind the secret doors. It's best to start off reading him chronologically, with the three non-Archer novels he wrote during World War II, and then slowly move chronologically into the Lew Archer series, which once comprised a TV series starring Peter Graves and the movie "Harper" with Paul Newman as the Archer character (remember, he liked titles that began with "H", like "Hud" (Larry McMurtry's first book, "Horseman Pass By", and also "Hombre." "Dollar" is a great mystery and you should read everything Ross Macdonald wrote and all the great books of essays and one especially superb biography about him.
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