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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Lew Archer was born on June 2, in some sources In The Galton Case Archer says he played high school football. Until , he avoided involvement with women he met on cases, but in The Blue Hammer , where Archer was in his sixties, he was ready for a long term relationship. Archer's interests include Japanese art, good books, classical music, and nature.

Lives in Los Angeles and he hates its smog. His cases takes him frequently to Santa Teresa.


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  • Kenneth Millar was born in Los Gatos, California, the son of an itinerant newspaper editor. He was brought to his parents' native Canada as young child, and raised there by his mother, Annie Millar, after his father, John Macdonald Millar, left the family without warning. Millar's mother had worked previously as a nurse, but due to typhoid fever she could not take care alone of her son, and moved with him from one relative to another. For some time he lived with his aunt in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Poverty and awareness of class distinctions after the breakup of his parents' marriage marked Millar's early years and he returned to his depressing childhood in later works: After graduating he worked for a year on a farm.

    In he entered the University of Western Ontario. His mother died in and Millar spent during a year in Europe.

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    In he married Margaret Sturm, who as Margaret Millar would start career as an acclaimed mystery writer. Between and Millar studied at the University of Toronto, and continued his studies at the University of Michigan, where he was also a teacher. Auden , who was there at that time a visiting professor, encouraged him to regard detective novels as a legitimate literary form.

    He earned his Ph. Millar's first novel was The Dark Tunnel. It was followed by several other novels, and two short story collections depicting Philip Marlowe-inspired private eye, whose last appearance occurs in The Blue Hammer. The first half-dozen books in the series were written in the postwar tradition of private eye stories.

    This was emphasized in some of the hard-boiled jacket copies: Lew Archer, private detective in the land of dream-California; in the land of peaches and honey, misery and murder-male and female! The name is Archer and don't get me wrong - It's not that women are greedier than men Mitchell Hooks However, actually Archer was a nonviolent, liberal-hum anist detective and even the murderer in the first Archer novel quotes Kierkegaard.

    Millar rejected Chandler's conventional antagonism between good and evil and condemned Spillane's "down the drain" prose. In Millar moved with his family to San Francisco area for a year. The Galton Case reflected this new phase with its Freudian overtones. In the novel Archer is hired by an elderly woman to find her son, Anthony Galton.

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    He has disappeared twenty-three years before. When Archer examines the family's troubled past, the story begins to take themes from the Oedipus legend. In the subsequent novels people often commit a crime because of events in their family history. Archer's method of uncovering family skeletons has much similarities with psychoanalysis, although he has much troubles in collecting merely the facts.

    Answers are found within the relationship between parents and children and hidden family problems. The formula, where Archer reveals past crimes reflecting Greek tragedies or have Biblical allusions, become Macdonald's trade mark. In this process Archer is not taking the role of tough private eye, but he helps his clients to deeper self-knowledge. He is neutral - the really interesting people are his clients and other characters. And often Archer's clients hide crucial information about their past.

    Archer is no Freud, who interpreters human behavior, painful experiences, mainly inside a sexual framework. Besides sex, money and power explain motifs behind crimes.

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    Wealth corrupts and poverty has a destructive effect on Millar's characters, who have high hopes and pursuit the American dream. In later books Archer constantly helped troubled young people, lost sons and daughters, but his main concern was his own generation. Sea and water are recurring images and can suggest hidden secrets under the surface.

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    It held dead men.