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Nights of Noir: The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald
March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Plunge into the world of hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, and nihilistic grifters through novels of the classic era of American crime fiction. Explore our spring selection of four powerful books from the 1930s to the 1950s that left an indelible mark on American literature, film, and popular culture.
Mar 8, The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald
Lew Archer returns in this gripping mystery, widely recognized as one of acclaimed mystery writer Ross Macdonald’s very best, about the search for the long lost heir of the wealthy Galton family.
Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family’s fortune. Now Anthony’s mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton’s son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them. Devious and poetic, The Galton Case displays MacDonald at the pinnacle of his form.
Additional Nights of Noir Dates
Early in life, Eusebio Diaz realized he was drawn to the dark tales of Edgar Allen Poe, which developed into a passion for noir novels that exposed the underside of humanity and celebrated the poetry of the downtrodden. Diaz is presently working on a book set in his birthplace and hometown, Carrizo Springs.
William Glenn has had a long love affair with literary and cinematic noir, expressing and exploring his obsession on the blog Zone: improvisations on literature: music: film. He co-founded the bilingual literary journal Terra Incognita and is the author of A Brief Guide to American Poetry (2005). Glenn is a librarian at UTSA.