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Summary

Sleeping Beauty plunges detective Lew Archer into a fascinating and intricate case connected to a disastrous oil spill on the Southern California coast. He becomes involved with three generations of the imposing Lennox family whose offshore oil platform caused the spill; and whose young heiress, glimpsed for a haunting moment on the beach -- clutching an oil-drenched sea bird in her arms -- has disappeared. While on her trail Archer finds himself journeying into a horrendous past, into the hidden lives of a family twisted by money, power, and a compulsive instinct for infidelity -- between husbands and wives, parents and children, friends, dependents, duty, and ultimately to the earth itself.
©1973 by Ross Macdonald; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Not since the novels of Nathaniel West has the theme of American innocence grinding to a stop at the polluted waters of the Pacific so consistently reverberated through a body of writing." (Detroit News)

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Great story, terrible audio

What disappointed you about Sleeping Beauty?

The narrator seemed to change voice. He was also doing the narration down a cardboard tube. should have bought a good microphone with a pop shield.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleeping Beauty?

Great twists at the end quarter

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was good; but the recording of him was dire.

What character would you cut from Sleeping Beauty?

None

Any additional comments?

Needs a modern recording to really make this book stand out as it should. I suggest David Soul would be ideal?

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