The Blue Hammer

The Blue Hammer

Book - 2008
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The desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness and only Archer can make sense of a killer who makes murder a work of art. Finding a purloined portrait of a leggy blonde was supposed to be an easy paycheck for Detective Lew Archer, but that was before the bodies began piling up. Suddenly, Archer find himself smack in the middle of a decades-long mystery of a brilliant artist who walked into the desert and simply disappeared. He left behind a bevy of muses, molls, dolls, and dames -- each one scrambling for what they thought was rightfully theirs.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2008.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
ISBN: 9780307279064
0307279065
Branch Call Number: [MYST] FIC/MACDONALD
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 21 cm.

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Dave99_0
Feb 07, 2019

"The Blue Hammer" is the 18th and the last novel in the Lew Archer series. I prefer Ross Macdonald's earlier novels because they are grittier. Though all of the novels share a common theme of the dysfunctional family and link an old murder to a recent murder, Ross Macdonald took the mystery novel one step further by delving into the motivation of the murderer. I would rate "The Blue Hammer" at 4.0 stars.

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