THE DROWNING POOL. Kenneth Millar, "John Ross Macdonald."


New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. Octavo, boards. First edition. The second Lew Archer novel. "A noirish, centrifugal amorality pervades Archer's world and The Drowning Pool does not conclude nicely or neatly. Yet this narrative ambiguity affirms the complexity of Macdonald's fiction, for as Archer observes bitterly at the denouement: "The happy endings and the biggest oranges were the ones that California saved for export."" - Lucian Robinson, book review 9/1/2012 for The Guardian/The Observer. Basis for the Paul Newman film, the second in which he plays the Archer character, renamed Harper. Pederson (ed.), St. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers, (4th ed.), pp. 676-678. A very good copy, Mystery Writers of America stamp to front free end paper and rear paste-down; some tanning along board edges in a very good dust jacket, some stress creasing, small chip to upper front corner, abrasion to all four flap corners, loss (including price) to upper front flap and to lower front flap, a few tape mends to verso of jacket with archival tape. (11460). Item #11460

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