"A STUNNING ADDITION TO THE ARCHER BOOKS, THE FINEST SERIES OF DETECTIVE NOVELS EVER WRITTEN BY AN AMERICAN" (WILLIAM GOLDMAN): FIRST EDITION OF THE 15TH LEW ARCHER NOVEL, THE GOODBYE LOOK, SIGNED BY ROSS MACDONALD
(MILLAR, Kenneth) MACDONALD, Ross. The Goodbye Look. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969. Octavo, original half red cloth and black paper-covered boards, original dust jacket. $1600.
First edition of the 15th novel in the award-winning Lew Archer detective series, signed by Ross Macdonald.
“Hailed as one of the 'holy trinity of American crime writers', Ross Macdonald surpassed his predecessors Chandler and Hammett.” Over the course of his Lew Archer series, Macdonald’s detective kept his “eye for women and a taste for liquor, but he was slowly becoming something more profound: underneath his gruff exterior he was compassionate. In 1969, in The Goodbye Look, Archer came out with a line that would have been unthinkable for Sam Spade. ’I have a secret passion for mercy,’ he said. ‘But justice is what keeps happening to people’” (Guardian). Writer William Goldman praised Goodbye Look on publication, as a “stunning addition to the Archer books, the finest series of detective novels ever written by an American… Macdonald is one of the best American novelists now operating, and all he does is keep on getting better” (New York Review of Books). "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Bruccoli, Checklist, 54. Barzun & Taylor 2312. Reilly, 987-89. Magill, 1135-40. Bruccoli & Layman, 244. Hubin II:I,527. Steinbrunner & Penzler, 262-63.
A fine signed copy.