In The Far Side of the Dollar, private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school—and into the arms of kidnappers. Why are his desperate parents so loath to give Archer the information he needs to find him? And why do all trails lead to a derelict Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed elbows with two-bit grifters—and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse? The result is Ross Macdonald at his most exciting, delivering 1,000-volt shocks to the nervous system while uncovering the venality and depravity at the heart of the case.
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Like Chandler and Hammet, MacDonald never disappoints
I read all the Ross MacDonald books many years ago. I’ve decided to reread them with the caveat that if they didn’t capture my imagination with the first one, I’d give it up. The Far Side of the Dollar had me from the first page. Old style detective fiction written with the elegance of language that paints a picture and carries the story forward leaving you wanting to know what happens next.
Not Macdonald's best work