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These are almost novella rather than short story length and they follow macdonald s usual pattern of mysteries with buried, domestic secrets crimes hiding each other For me they are also a cultural history of developing California post war, as the state was taking off the motels, roadhouses cars and free ways as well as a population of people coming out of the depression and WWII along with the wealthy There is also something slightly febrile, even neurotic, about the atmosphere mid century jitters and a society just getting used to psychoanalysis so that everyone, including archer, is a bit brittle. The Archer Files The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator by Ross Macdonald is my first exposure to MacDonald s writing I have enjoyed quite a few books by his wife, fellow mystery writer, Margaret Millar and have wanted to explore the world of Lew Archer, as created by MacDonald.The book is a series of short stories featuring PI Archer and also a number of unfinished stories showing some of the other cases that Archer might have been involved in.I enjoyed MacDonald s writing, in the style of Dashiell Hammett and John D MacDonald and enjoyed PI Archer Archer takes on cases where he feels a responsibility to the person hiring him or the person being investigated In a number of cases, he just falls into by accident and wants to correct a wrong or just help a person in need He never overcharges 50 a day plus expenses and he doesn t like helping the Mob or being bought He s an ex boxer and officer from WWII and knows how to handle himself in a bad situation He works in California with a small office on Sunset Boulevard The book starts off with a nice biography of Lew Archer, his past and what makes him tick.People get killed in his cases, sometimes by him, sometimes by someone else There are nice little twists in each one, some not complex You can figure out who is responsible, but the explanations are always interesting MacDonald s description of the people and the surroundings are always on point and he has a nice, tidy way of getting out the facts and the stories I enjoyed very much and now look forward to trying one of Lew Archer s cases in novel format 4 stars [Download] ♼ The Archer Files, The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator ⚖ Ross Macdonald Was The Author Of Eighteen Books That A New York Times Critic Called The Finest Series Of Detective Novels Ever Written By An American The Lew Archer Canon, Which Included Such Breakthrough Best Sellers As The Underground Man, The Goodbye Look, And The Blue Hammer Macdonald Born Kenneth Millar Also Wrote Several Novelettes And Short Stories Involving Southern California Private Detective Lew Archer The Archer Files For The First Time Collects All The Brief Archer Fiction The Stories From Macdonald S Paperback Original The Name Is Archer, The Additional Tales Included In The Otto Penzler Edited Volume Lew Archer Private Investigator, And The Three Then Unknown Novellas Presented In Crippen Landru S Book Strangers In Town Also Included In The Archer Files Are Several Lengthy, Never Before Published Fragments Of Unfinished Macdonald Stories Case Notes, As It Were, From The Files Of Lew Archer Edited By Macdonald Biographer Tom Nolan, The Archer Files Is Prefaced With Nolan S Biographical Sketch Of Lew Archer Himself The Character Eudora Welty Described As A Champion And A Distinguished Creation As A Detective And As A Man He Takes The Human Situation With Full Seriousness Jeff Wong S Cover Is Adapted From The Paperback Original, But Depicting Ross Macdonald Rather Than Lew Archer Four stars is how much I enjoyed this, though in the end, most of the stories were just okay There were, however, a few that felt very full with satisfying mysteries The Bearded Lady from 1948 , The Angry Man 1955 and Midnight Blue from 1960. Ross Macdonald s Lew Archer short stories display the same uniform excellence as his novels The stories contained in THE ARCHER FILES have lesser build up time than the novels however Macdonald s private eye thrives in the short form too THE ARCHER FILES is all the proof anyone needs, every story is good Gone Girl and The Suicide are astonishingly superb There s no filler, unless you categorize the 11 unfinished tales as such I consider them a bonus I paid twenty bucks for FILES, the fragments alone are worth a hundred.In the beginning the publishing industry was not kind to Lew Archer Early paperback covers misled readers, but the smooth intelligent prose inside erased any ire mystery buyers may have felt at being hoodwinked In the mid sixties Bantam Books emblazoned Lew Archer the hardest of the hard boiled dicks across the top of all their paperback covers featuring Ross Macdonald s fairly unknown creation The hardboiled blurb reinforced each cover, always a slightly out of focus photograph of the same man with a different woman Those females seemed like mere decoration since the emphasis was always the male, an obvious hero who looked like a rugged Mike Hammer but dressed like James Bond on casino night Bantam marketed nine or ten Archer novels with those very distinct photo covers one of them was THE NAME IS ARCHER from where seven of the stories in THE ARCHER FILES were originally collected Midnight Blue and Sleeping Dog are minor masterpieces from the sixties excluded from THE NAME IS ARCHER because they were not yet written Revised editions of the collection include these additional two mysteries Three of FILES stories are from STRANGERS IN TOWN, two of them novelettes that became THE IVORY GRIN Strangers In Town and THE DOOMSTERS The Angry Man THE ARCHER FILES contains the entire contents of STRANGERS IN TOWN and the extended NAME IS ARCHER, and.Hollywood wasn t particularly kind either Paul Newman s insistence on being Lew Harper instead of Archer played a large role in Archer s low recognition factor in American pop consciousness by virtue of robbing the cinematic version of the character of his real name It didn t help that both Harper movies were unforgivably miscast and not very good Harper chewed gum, an additional travesty.In 1967 I finally broke down and bought Macdonald s WYCHERLY WOMAN novel I read Spillane and Fleming so how bad could it be, right Though only fourteen, I was immediately struck by the quality of Macdonald s engaging whodunit abilities and felt rather indignant that Bantam deliberately misrepresented Lew Archer s true nature What I didn t realize as a youngster was those covers brilliantly lured droves of readers to Archer who ordinarily might not be interested in such an undemonstrative unassuming detective readers who liked their private eyes harder boiled than Sherlock Holmes.After THE WYCHERLY WOMAN purposely alliterative of witchy woman, there are no accidents in Macdonald s writing I read THE FAR SIDE OF THE DOLLAR and THE INSTANT ENEMY in quick succession I liked the Archer books but wasn t hooked on the series until I read THE UNDERGROUND MAN and THE GOODBYE LOOK back to back in 1972 and was staggered by their excellence Afterwards I collected all of Macdonald s titles In the sixties the first four, THE MOVING TARGET, THE DROWNING POOL, THE WAY SOME PEOPLE DIE and THE IVORY GRIN were published by Pocket Books and scarcer than Bantam s editions, although I remember problems sourcing THE ZEBRA STRIPED HEARSE and THE CHILL You could find them if you combed through enough used book stores.Forgive the digression regarding Macdonald s oeuvre, THE ARCHER FILES isn t afterthought leftovers, it s a necessary and important part of the compleat Lew Archer As indispensable as the novels. COUNTDOWN Mid 20th Century North American Crime BOOK Novella 111 of 250 Gone Girl is the novella of focus here One must wonder how often this title has been used.HOOK 4 stars It was a Friday night I was tooling home from the Mexican border in a light blue convertible and a dark blue mood That second line is so typical of Ross MacDonald an author light on style and heavy on substance, and for me it s worth a 4th star it doesn t call attention to itself, doesn t feel overwrought like Chandler or Hammett at times, it just reads really nice I think with just a hint of hard boiled I had followed a man from Fresno to San Diego and lost him in the maze of streets in Old TownHe had crossed the border, and my instructions went no further than the United States Lew then finds himself on the freeway with the worst driver in the worldthe heavy car Cadillac wove back and forth across the freeway, using 2 of its 4 lanes, sometimes 3 Eventually, Lew Archer, exhausted, pulls off the freeway to the first motel he comes to, the Siesta And there he finds trouble PACE 4 I ve read 7 Ross Macdonald novels, and he almost has one here, a subject matter easily expandable into a novel But he made the right choice, imo.PLOT 3 Lew finds evidence of a murder at the Siesta motel and reason to check around the seaside area for someone who has lost a lot of blood and may be dead Yes, he finds the Cadillac from the opening page, parked, and a dead man inside, a man who had been dying from a gunshot wound as he drove on the freeway page 1 The owner of the hotel begs Lew not to report the murder to the cops and Lew agrees to at least investigate the situation for a fee PEOPLE 4 Lew Archer, to me, is the smartest of all the series private investigators He s not the toughest, but he sees people, their truths and lies, quickly And he is tough enough to survive the bad guys The motel owner, Mr Salanda, is desparately protective of his young daughter, Ella, and she is just old enough to get into all sorts of problems A sensitive kid named Donny has a big time crush on her And Mrs Mabel Salanda, a big, forceful blonde, practically steals the show But then there is Mr Funk in Vegas with his gang of hoods.ATMOSPHERE 2 Room fourteen was like any other middle class motel room touched with the California Spanish maniaA Rivera reproduction of a sleeping Mexican hung on the wall over the bed A description today that we d call politically incorrect, and if you ve never lived in Southern California, this description is a bit short But in the book, Macdonald doesn t spend much time on atmosphere than this brief description of a motel room And the story could take place anywhere the author doesn t integrate the story with the place.SUMMARY My rating is 3.4 Macdonald delivers, as usual, a solid plot with some surprises and a good set of characters. No voy a negarlo No sab a qui n era Ross MacDonald Es verdad que en novela negra no estoy muy puesto S , he le do algo de Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Thompson, pero poco m s Pero como fue un libro editado en los principios de Roja y Negra, llevada por entonces por Rodrigo Fres n, me fie de l Y bien que hice, porque es un libro perfecto tanto para el coleccionista del escritor y de su detective Lew Archer como para el novato del cual soy ejemplo Porque nos trae todos los relatos protagonizados por el detective as como unos comienzos de posibles cuentos que quedaron inconclusos Todo ello con un interesante pr logo sobre el autor realizado por Fres n y otro en el que nos habla en modo biograf a del detective Este pr logo es realizado por el compilador americano, Tom Nolan.En cuanto a los relatos en s , casi todos me han gustado en mayor o menor medida, not ndose que los primeros son m s previsibles y algo m s flojos, pero es que fueron escritos antes de cualquiera de sus novelas, y este hombre escribi 17 novelas protagonizadas por el detective, entre 1949 y 1976.Lew Archer es un detective privado testarudo, insobornable, honrado, que no evita la acci n si es necesaria Todo ello acompa ado de Buicks, whisky aunque Archer no bebe tanto como Marlowe, por ejemplo , rubias platino fatales, vanidad, codicia y sobre todo, California y narrado a la vieja usanza frases cortas, mordaces, ir nicas, directas, donde prevalecen los di logos.Sin duda a los que nos gusta Hammett o Chandler creo que tenemos que leer m s a Macdonald y su Archer.Un 7.75 I ve oft considered Ross MacDonald a solid example of a novelist who got by writing the same book over and over again That is not meant to denigrate the man s work Ross MacDonald is the Holy Spirit to Raymond Chandler s Son and Dashiell Hammett s Father in the Holy Trinity of Classic American Hard Boiled PI Detective Fiction Mickey Spillane would probably be like an Apostle or lesser but influential Pope The Lew Archer stories I ve found to be a bit melancholy or wistful.MacDonald s novels all tend to focus around the same themes, e.g broken families sometimes looking for their lost members and feature the same elements This recycling or literary bricolage can readily be evidenced in how quite a few of the stories in this collection are clearly rewrites of one another same basic plot, same character types Also, making this worth the time of any aficionado of MacDonald or detective fiction writing in general is that the last section of this book features beginnings of incomplete stories, fragments that MacDonald never ended up using. 3.5Ya lo dije antes, Macdonald era un puto genio Esta colecci n de relatos de su detective, Lew Archer, me cautiv con cada una de sus inc gnitas y misterios Es incre ble su capacidad para desentra ar y descubrir c mo se cometi el crimen, el m vil y, por supuesto, el asesino Algunos casos pueden resultar bastante similares, es decir, como si siguiera un patr n, pero aun as te logra sorprender con finales impredecibles Cada cuento es un desaf o para Archer y a medida que te sumerg s m s profundo en sus investigaciones te vas perdiendo hasta decir No tengo la menor idea de lo que pueda pasar de ahora en adelante Sin embargo, en algunos casos no sucede eso cre s que ya est todo resuelto, que es todo f cil, pero luego Macdonald te da una fuerte cachetada en las ltimas p ginas y es inevitable sentirse tonto Hay otros en los que parece todo resuelto, y las restantes cincuenta palabras te cambian todo con un giro de 180 que te deja alelado Ya terminando, es una muy buena colecci n de cuentos, llena de giros inesperados Algunos pueden ser un poco pesados, pero cuando le s el final y descubr s c mo todo era importante, te das cuenta de que era necesario. The accomplishment of Ross Macdonald in achieving true art within the confines of a presumptively trivial genre, the detective story, cannot be over appreciated The richness of Macdonald s prose and his melancholy eye for character transcend any cops and robbers mundanity For one like me, who has read all of Macdonald s novels, this collection of all of his short stories and a few fragments about detective Lew Archer is like lapping up the last precious drops from a near empty canteen while stranded in the desert It s both utterly delicious and sad Macdonald s skill with the short story is on par with his novelistic talents despite the different requirements of each form Each of the stories is satisfying and rich The fragments of unfinished novels or stories are infinitely tantalizing, yet in most cases they are so intriguing and enjoyable in their mere expression that they are satisfying in their own right, even without conclusions Anyone who appreciates a good tale wonderfully written will find much to love in this wonderful book.