Here are the old and new books side by side. Tom Nolan summed it up best upon receiving his copies of the books: "Of course I'd seen the cover, even had proofs of it--but to hold it and heft it, look into it, admire it as a dimensional object--is an unexpected and extraordinary pleasure." My parting thoughts on why I think a character like Lew Archer has endured all these years: For me, it is Lew Archer's unique voice that endures. How he sees the world in metaphor and simile, his compassion and sensitivity, his documentation of the California landscape at the time--these are the things that resonate long after I've forgotten about the mother, or wayward son.