The Zebra-Striped Hearse - Ross Macdonald, 1963
Retired military man Mark Blackwell hires PI Lew Archer to investigate the fiancee of his daughter Harriet. Burke Damis claims to be a painter, but opinionated and hard-charging Blackwell has convinced himself that the artist is a phony who's after his daughter's trust fund. To Archer, the case seems straight-forward, but things get complicated enough for him to realize that three unrelated deaths are in fact the same case. This was the tenth Lew Archer novel and it features social observations and lots of plot twists told in language as literary as a mystery gets on this side of the Atlantic. Though he is turning into a neglected writer as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, Ross MacDonald is well-worth reading.