Review: The Zebra Striped Hearse by Russ Macdonald

The Zebra Striped Hearse by Russ Macdonald
The Zebra Striped Hearse by Russ Macdonald

The Zebra Striped Hearse
Russ Macdonald
Vintage, 1998 (orig. 1962)

First Line: She was waiting at the office door when I got back from my morning coffee break.

When trying to fill out my detective fiction reading with a broad spectrum spread across more than two decades I stumbled across the names Russ Macdonald and Lew Archer.  While The Underground Man seems to be most frequently cited as Macdonald’s best work to feature PI Lew Archer (along with The Chill) I was unable to acquire a copy and instead “settled” for the Edgar Award Winning The Zebra Striped Hearse.  While it lacks the incisive social commentary frequently attributed to The Underground Man it is still a taught, thrilling, mystery that keeps you guessing until the end; and then some.

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