London: Cassell & Co. / A Crime Connoisseur Book, 1958. First UK edition. A just about Fine copy of the book with the outer edge of the page block foxed, otherwise in excellent condition. In a Near Fine dust jacket with minor wear at the spine ends and a few spots of color added to the jacket. Inscribed "To Jake Zeitlin with best wishes Ken Millar (Ross Macdonald)." Jake Zeitlin operated a well respected rare book business in Los Angeles, so it's not surprising that he would have crossed paths with the author.
The seventh book in the Lew Archer series, in which Ross MacDonald seems to find his true voice and style. A private detective working in Southern California, Archer works on primarily suburban crimes, as he grapples with his own splintered past and depression. In an interview with The New York Times, MacDonald muses, “The individual is the great single source of new casualties in the world. A fiction is a kind of imitation of causality. I write about new causalities and new values, seen in the mirror of justice and mercy.” In “The Doomsters,” MacDonald evidently risked more of himself – laying bare his own struggles with moral psychology, sociology, and the continuity of family life – to fashion a novel that remains among the finest of the Lew Archer series. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1474)