The Chill

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The Chill

The Chill 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

  • Title: The Chill
  • Author: Ross Macdonald
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  • Page: 428
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  • 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 plotIn 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 ever spun by an American crime writer.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      Young Alex Kincaid wants Lew Archer to find his wife Dolly, who left in the middle of their honeymoon weekend. It seems a gray-bearded man visited her in their hotel room, and soon after she disappeared. It doesn't take Lew long to find Dolly, but by the time he does she is tangled up in two murders and mired even more deeply in the past. This is one of Ross Macdonald's best dectective novels—perhaps the finest of all. The plot is extraordinarily complex, but never convoluted. The book is fill [...]

    2. Evgeny on said:

      A runaway bride became practically a cliché of romantic comedies:This time it is a little different: a young wife left her husband right during the first days of their honeymoon without any explanation. Before people start throwing around accusations of domestic abuse - which became another cliché lately - I need to say that no, the guy was nice to his spouse. Anyhow, the devastated guy literally stumbled upon Lew Archer who took pity of him and promised to take a look around trying to find th [...]

    3. Darwin8u on said:

      “Some men spend their lives looking for ways to punish themselves for having been born.” ― Ross Macdonald, The ChillRoss Macdonald might write Chandleresque noir as good or better than Chandler. Some of the lines from 'The Chill' were so sharp they could cut a day into dark chocolate, bite-sized hours. 'The Chill' had a pretty good twist at the end. The only downside to the novel was it almost needed an overcoat with extra pockets for all the characters. By the end, I needed a small pocket [...]

    4. AC on said:

      This is, to put it bluntly, Macdonald at his peak. If you want to read one Macdonald book, this is it. (The Galton Case comes in second.) There are some key similarities of theme with Zebra, which (notwithstanding the flaws I indicated in my review of that book) is excellent, and it would probably help to read Zebra before reading The Chill.It has been said that late Archer is a therapist, with a priviate detective's licence. And it is Macdonald's skill to have been able to create plausibly, and [...]

    5. F.R. on said:

      And now I understand why those more au fait than Ross McDonald than I, have been heartily recommending that I read ‘The Chill’.This is one of the best detective novels I’ve read (and I really haven’t been a slouch at picking up detective novels). ‘The Chill’ is an absolutely superb mystery tale with real depth and a tonne of atmosphere. There is no higher praise from me than to say it is worthy of Raymond Chandler.Archer is hired – almost as a spontaneous decision – by Alex Kinca [...]

    6. Joe on said:

      "You think I'm an alcoholic or something?""I think you're a bundle of nerves. Pour alcohol on a bundle of nerves and it generally turns into a can of worms. While I'm making suggestions you might as well get rid of those chips you're wearing on both shoulders. Somebody's liable to knock them off and take a piece of you with them.""I drove downhill through deepening twilight toward the Mariner's Rest Motel, telling myself in various tones of voice that I had done the right thing. The trouble was, [...]

    7. Seamus Thompson on said:

      My favorite mystery novel. Ross Macdonald writes in the noir/private eye tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett but there the resemblance ends. Chandler features a strong first-person narrator (Marlowe) and plots made up of well-crafted scenes (and many loose ends). Macdonald's narrator (Lew Archer) is a minor character who just happens to be in every scene and his plots are as clever and intricate as the best British mysteries. Where other crime writers in the gumshoe genre are obse [...]

    8. Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion on said:

      Getting the inevitable comparison out of the way, this is the second Ross MacDonald novel I've read and he does not come close to the soul Raymond Chandler poured into his novels. Not coming close to Chandler doesn't mean MacDonald is not any good, however. From what others write, The Chill is one of MacDonald's best, perhaps the best. While he does basically copy Chandler's form without being able to replicate Chandler's glorious intangibles, this is a damn good noir story in its own right. Yes [...]

    9. William on said:

      wow. Page after page linear story, verbose, dead dialogue and shallow characters. I'm done.Hmmm. I was having trouble remembering "The Chill" when challenged by a friend. I see I reviewed and rated it in March, but apparently I did not finish it. It looks like I read at least 10%.*checks and reads back*Yes, the first 12% of the book is horrifically verbose and dull. Stilted clichéd dialogue, sometimes smart-alec but without being snappy, reads like a laundry list.Ponderous. Perhaps it picks up [...]

    10. Gabriel on said:

      This is, as of its reading, my favorite Macdonald novel. Better by leaps and bounds than the books that came before it, although I see that The Galton Case could have been the real breakthrough-- The Chill takes Macdonald's previous novel's sophisticated use of plot and character and turns them in on themselves. The Chill is that rare "mystery" that does not violate Chandler's rule of the reader being privy to all of the information that the PI has, while still remaining a mystery to the end. Th [...]

    11. Leslie on said:

      Excellent example of the gumshoe style of mystery. One aspect that I particularly like is the fact that the book is focused entirely on the mystery - no long passages about the detective's personal problems. I don't mean to imply that Lew Archer is one-dimensional but that he is a man who focuses on the job. This had plenty of twists and surprises but none that the author 'cheats' with - the reader learns about them when Archer does.

    12. Calzean on said:

      For a crime mystery to be written over 50 years ago and still pack a punch, it has to be good. And this one was very good. Three murders over 20 years, a cast of potential suspects (maybe too many characters), great descriptions of people, a lead character who is on every page but does not dominate the story and a series of twists right up to the last paragraph. Maybe the dialogue was a bit dull and circular at times but overall I was impressed with my first Ross Macdonald book.

    13. Jessica on said:

      Ross MacDonald is, for me, the guy you keep on dating way too long because he's got lots of qualities that you value and you're convinced you should be really into him, but no matter how hard you try, despite the odd fun night or great conversation, that certain something just isn't there.I'm not sure what the problem is. I like his California settings and, for the most part, his plots, and he does have some strong, interesting characters. While I almost like his preoccupation with the mental he [...]

    14. Jeff Jackson on said:

      An excellent hardboiled detective story in the vein of Chandler and Hammett and an exploration of festering secrets and compounding li(v)es. Plus it's one of the most intricately plotted mysteries I've read - plausible tension that lasts until the final paragraphs. 4.5 stars

    15. Thekelburrows on said:

      Pretty much cookie cutter but like a cool dinosaur shaped cookie cutter rather than just a plain round one.

    16. Frank on said:

      Pretty damn good! Taut, fast-paced, snappy dialogue, with wisecracks sometimes reminiscent of the 40s noirs, but still modern enough to make you mentally picture Paul Newman or Steve McQueen in the main role instead of Humphrey Bogart. The Dutch essayist Bas Heijne recently touted this as being 'better than Chandler and Hammet', and there's something to that. Chandler could be self-indulgent in his prose and messy in his plots, Hammet may have been important in the shaping of the hard-boiled det [...]

    17. Lia on said:

      Lew Archer is the PI hired to located a newly married bride who disappeared from her honeymoon suite. This leads Archer to stumble onto a professor's murder, which in turn helps him to uncover over two decades of duplicity, covert deceptions, and deflection. And what a twist! One I didn't see coming until several pages from the end.This novel was about the devastating affects of corruption and the arrogance of entitlement that swept through the lives of several innocent people whom were either u [...]

    18. Benoit Lelièvre on said:

      Some people are going to tear out my eyeballs for giving this one such a middling score, but please hear me out before you do. The plotting of THE CHILL is absolutely superb. The mystery is convoluted, wonderfully visceral and the cast is absurdly complicated, but in the best possible way. Somebody on called it 'Hitchcockian' and I would say it's absolutely right.ButbutbutbutThat dialogue, guys. It stunk. It was some of the most frustrating, cardboard dialogue stapled over one of the most brill [...]

    19. Carla on said:

      Lew Archer is a classic male detective; arrogant, dark, charming, and alcoholic. But there is a twist to this dick. He DOESN'T sleep with the girl! I was quite surprised, and it made me proud of this author. Unfortunately for the girl she is murdered that night, so having some law around may have helped a bit. There are a lot of characters to follow in this tale of murder and deceit, which is both confusing and fun. It's easy to follow Nancy Drew; there are only six characters in the book, one d [...]

    20. Riju Ganguly on said:

      During one of my "I gotta read all this hard-boiled stuff" phases, I had come across Ross Macdonald, or more accurately, Lew Archer. Abe books had enabled me to access a dog-eared copy of "My Name is Archer" (o-o-p at that point), and it was love at first fight, erm first story. Then, I simply HAD TO get hold of this novel, often touted as the best of Macdonald. I got it, read it, and still feel rather chilled as I think of those last few pages as the maze suddenly unraveled, and it seemed that [...]

    21. Tony on said:

      THE CHILL. Ross Macdonald. ****.I read this the first time many, many years ago. Aside from the fact that I couldn’t remember much about the plot, I could remember having difficulty with the plot. This reading confirmed that the plot of this Lew Archer episode was one of the most complex he had ever written. It starts out simply enough: a young man approaches Archer with a problem – his wife has left him and disappeared. He wants Archer to find her and convince her to come back. Sounds simpl [...]

    22. Mike on said:

      I don't have any pithy quotations to include in this review. I read this book expecting a really good read; I was very satisfied with the writing. This is ROSS MACDONALD we are talking about. The man has great ideas, descriptions, characters and motivations and this book has all of them.Although I have now digested several of his novels and short fiction, I continue to be surprised and impressed. I couldn't see how this story was going to tie up all the loose plot lines, but I assure you it does [...]

    23. Carla Remy on said:

      Another totally satisfying Ross Macdonald book. Many think he's a weaker imitation of Chandler, and obviously he was inspired, but - unpopular as this admission might be - at times I think I like Macdonald better. He's more subtle and he always has a stellar mystery.

    24. Jim on said:

      There is something about Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries that reminds me of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels about Napoleonic War sea battles. The Aubrey/Maturin novels came to be so successful that O'Brian had to stretch the timing of the battles, which took place all around the Seven Seas, such that some of them had to take place in an alternative universe, given the time constraints.In a similar way, Macdonald's Lew Archer is so busy that the days he spends on his cases are almos [...]

    25. Ann on said:

      There is something about Lew Archer's universe that always draws me in. I don't care much for his tough-guy approach to life, but the secondary characters, their lives, their environments, always interest me.In this book Lew is hired to find Dolly, a girl who disappeared on her honeymoon, apparently after receiving a visit from an older man. Lew easily traces Dolly to the home of Mrs. Bradshaw, the mother of the local college dean. The old man turns out to be Dolly's father, n ex-con who, he mai [...]

    26. rabbitprincess on said:

      A superbly well-written novel. The story starts off with private detective Lew Archer being engaged by one Alex Kincaid to track down his wife, Dolly, who has disappeared after the first day of their honeymoon. Normally Archer doesn't do simple domestic cases, but this case proves to be far from simple. The threads of the case extend 20 years into the past toward events that continue to have a significant impact on the present. The case takes Archer almost halfway across the United States and ba [...]

    27. Sam Reaves on said:

      Ross Macdonald wrote some terrific books, and I would count myself a fan, but I do find that the quality varies a little. Some are just not quite as acutely observed, not as fully convincing; they just don't ring as true. Sometimes his ear failed him.This one is on MWA's list of the hundred best mysteries ever, so I was prepared to be blown away; sadly I thought it was not one of Macdonald's best.A young man just married after a whirlwind romance hires Archer to find his bride, who skipped out o [...]

    28. Diego Paim on said:

      well, this was quite impactful. The whole plot of this story is one of the best in the mistery-thriller literature history, I would say. It's well developed, with a end that would make any fan amazed. But I have to say, some things bothered me as I read this and I realize Mcgee was really innocent. Well, it bothers me the way Archer defends him as if he was completely innocent (even he knowing that Mcgee abused Constance) and completely demonizes Tish, in the end, it makes look like she was the [...]

    29. Elise on said:

      This was my second by Macdonald and surely my last. It's probably unfair to compare to Lew Archer to Philip Marlowe, but it can't be helped. Unlike Marlowe, Archer is level-headed, sober, impervious to seduction, and not compelling at all. Macdonald never lets him get into trouble or danger. There are some good wisecracks and metaphors ("Her bosom changed from a promise to a threat.") but overall the prose is conventional. The plot starts out well enough, but forward momentum is usually achieved [...]

    30. Jon on said:

      My second Ross Macdonald book, on the recommendation of a friend. I thought my first one showed masterful control of a large cast, with a very complicated plot. But it was child's play compared to this one. And again, Macdonald kept it all very clear, played absolutely fair (I think), and, wow, I did not see the ending coming. I've read far too many murder mysteries, and this one, written a half-century ago, really entertained and surprised me.

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