Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 1996
CS ISBN 9780786110476 $35.95 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 9780786199167 $48.00 Six CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9780786196005 $24.95 One MP3-CDs
One of the “Big Three” in American hard-boiled detective fiction (with Chandler and Hammett), Macdonald makes a routine story of oceanside murder among the rich take on a hard-edged, glistening solidity. The listener knows the characters. Tom Parker reads with great skill, shading primarily by accent rather than by tone or volume. A prissy character sounds prissy, a Mexican-American has the faintest of Spanish accents, and the first-person protagonist sounds a little weary, a little cynical, a little lonely. This is an excellent presentation of an excellent crime novel. D.W. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 02]
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