In The Chill, a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride. But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself entangled in two murders, one twenty years old, the other so recent that the blood is still wet. ...
What ensues is a detective novel of nerve-racking suspense, desperately believable characters, and one of the most intricate plots span by an American crime writer.
If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it was Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his predecessors had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, MacDonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin.