Ross MacDonald

Ross MacDonald
Author: Tom Nolan
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781501120442
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Release: 2015-07-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When he died in 1983, Ross Macdonald was the best-known and most highly regarded crime-fiction writer in America. Long considered the rightful successor to the mantles of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and his Lew Archer-novels were hailed by The New York Times as "the finest series of detective novels ever written by an American." Now, in the first full-length biography of this extraordinary and influential writer, a much fuller picture emerges of a man to whom hiding things came as second nature. While it was no secret that Ross Macdonald was the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar -- a Santa Barbara man married to another good mystery writer, Margaret Millar -- his official biography was spare. Drawing on unrestricted access to the Kenneth and Margaret Millar Archives, on more than forty years of correspondence, and on hundreds of interviews with those who knew Millar well, author Tom Nolan has done a masterful job of filling in the blanks between the psychologically complex novels and the author's life -- both secret and overt. Ross Macdonald came to crime-writing honestly. Born in northern California to Canadian parents, Kenneth Millar grew up in Ontario virtually fatherless, poor, and with a mother whose mental stability was very much in question. From the age of twelve, young Millar was fighting, stealing, and breaking social and moral laws; by his own admission, he barely escaped being a criminal. Years later, Millar would come to see himself in his tales' wrongdoers. "I don't have to be violent," he said, "My books are." How this troubled young man came to be one of the most brilliant graduate students in the history of the University of Michigan and how this writer, who excelled in a genre all too often looked down upon by literary critics, came to have a lifelong friendship with Eudora Welty are all examined in the pages of Tom Nolan's meticulous biography. We come to a sympathetic understanding of the Millars' long, and sometimes rancorous, marriage and of their life in Santa Barbara, California, with their only daughter, Linda, whose legal and emotional traumas lie at the very heart of the story. But we also follow the trajectory of a literary career that began in the pages of Manhunt and ended with the great respect of such fellow writers as Marshall McLuhan, Hugh Kenner, Nelson Algren, and Reynolds Price, and the longtime distinguished publisher Alfred A. Knopf. As Ross Macdonald: A Biography makes abundantly clear, Ross Macdonald's greatest character -- above and beyond his famous Lew Archer -- was none other than his creator, Kenneth Millar.

It s All One Case

It s All One Case
Author: Paul Nelson,Kevin Avery
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781606998885
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Release: 2016-09-13
Editor: Fantagraphics Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is a prose series of unpublished interviews with, and a visual retrospective of, the seminal mid- to late-20th century literary crime writer. In 1976, critic Paul Nelson spent several weeks interviewing legendary detective writer Ross Macdonald, who elevated the form to a new literary level. “We talked about everything imaginable,” Nelson wrote―including Macdonald’s often meager beginnings; his dual citizenship; writers, painters, music, and movies he admired; The Great Gatsby, his favorite book; how he used symbolism to change detective writing; and more. This book, published in a handsome, oversized format, collects these unpublished interviews and is a visual history of Macdonald’s professional career. It is illustrated with rare and select items from one of the world’s largest private archives of Macdonald ephemera; reproduces, in full color, the covers of the various editions of Macdonald’s more than two dozen books; collects facsimile reproductions of select pages from his manuscripts, as well as magazine spreads; and presents rare photos, many never before seen.

The Chill

The Chill
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780307759597
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Release: 2010-12-22
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In The Chill a distraught young man hires private investigator Lew Archer to track down his runaway bride. But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself entangled in two murders, one twenty years old, the other so recent that the blood is still wet. What ensues is a detective novel of nerve-racking suspense, desperately believable characters, and one of the most intricate plots ever spun by an American crime writer.

Ross MacDonald Four Novels of the 1950s Library of America 264

Ross MacDonald  Four Novels of the 1950s   Library of America  264
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 900
ISBN: 1598533762
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Release: 2015-04
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

At last, the brilliant successor to Hammett and Chandler in a definitive collector’s edition: Revered by such contemporary masters as Sue Grafton, George Pelecanos, and James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald (the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar) brought to the crime novel new levels of social realism and psychological depth, while honing a unique gift for intricately involving mystery narratives. For his centennial year, The Library of America inaugurates its Macdonald edition with four novels from the 1950s, all featuring his incomparable protagonist, private investigator Lew Archer. Here are The Way Some People Die, a twisted journey through Los Angeles high and low, The Barbarous Coast, an exploration of crime and corruption in the movie business, The Doomsters, a breakthrough novel of madness and self-destruction, and The Galton Case, the mythically charged and deeply personal book that Macdonald considered a turning point in his career. As a special feature, this volume also includes five pieces in which Macdonald reveals the autobiographical background of his books and describes his distinctive approach to crime writing.

The Ross Macdonald Collection

The Ross Macdonald Collection
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 2690
ISBN: 1598535528
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Release: 2017-09-12
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Goodbye Look

The Goodbye Look
Author: Ross MacDonald
Pages: 243
ISBN: 9780375708657
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Release: 2000
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In searching for a gun used to commit two murders fifteen years apart, Lew Archer is introduced to California hobos and the nouveau riche in his attempt to solve the murder of another private eye. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Find a Victim

Find a Victim
Author: Ross MacDonald
Pages: 215
ISBN: 9780375708671
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Release: 1954
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Lew Archer becomes involved with a beautiful blonde and a case of murder after he discovers a man dying of a bullet wound along a southern California highway.

Blue City

Blue City
Author: Ross MacDonald
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780307740731
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Release: 2011
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Johnny Weather is determined to solve his father's murder, even as his quest leads him into the underworld that has overtaken his hometown.

The Ferguson Affair

The Ferguson Affair
Author: Ross MacDonald
Pages: 283
ISBN: 9780307740793
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Release: 2010
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Investigating a burglary case for his client Ella in order to clear her name, defense lawyer Bill Gunnarson soon finds himself dealing with a crime ring, a series of murders, and the abduction of a Hollywood starlet.

The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 244
ISBN: 0679768068
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Release: 1996
Editor: Vintage Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Private detective Lew Archer is hired by Maude Slocum to investigate a poison pen letter, but when Archer arrives, he discovers Maude's mother-in-law drowned in the family pool. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

The Far Side of the Dollar

The Far Side of the Dollar
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307773159
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Release: 2010-12-29
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In The Far Side of the Dollar, private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school—and into the arms of kidnappers. Why are his desperate parents so loath to give Archer the information he needs to find him? And why do all trails lead to a derelict Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed elbows with two-bit grifters—and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse? The result is Ross Macdonald at his most exciting, delivering 1,000-volt shocks to the nervous system while uncovering the venality and depravity at the heart of the case.

The Three Roads

The Three Roads
Author: Ross MacDonald
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307740762
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Release: 2011
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"[Ross Macdonald] gives to the detective story that accent of class that the late Raymond Chandler did."---Chicago Tribune --Book Jacket.

The Dark Tunnel

The Dark Tunnel
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9781453290521
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Release: 2013-01-22
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On the home front, two wartime lovers reunite under a cloud of paranoia in this thriller from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ross Macdonald In 1937 Munich, an American must be careful when he smokes his pipe. Robert Branch, a careless academic, makes the mistake of lighting up when the Führer is about to begin a procession, and nearly gets pummeled for his mistake. Only the timely intervention of Ruth Esch, a flame-haired actress, saves him. So begins a month-long romance between East and West—a torrid affair that ends when the lovers make the mistake of defending a Jew, earning Branch a beating and Esch a trip to a concentration camp. Six years later, Esch escapes to Vichy and makes her way to Detroit. To her surprise, Branch is waiting for her. He is a professor, working for the war effort, and his paranoia about a spy inside the Motor City war board sours their reunion. Once again, a dangerous net is encircling these lovers—a reminder that, in this war, love always comes second to death.

Black Money

Black Money
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307759566
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Release: 2011-06-15
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Lew Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who's run off with his client's girlfriend, it looks like a simple case of alienated affections. Things look different when the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his finest, baring the skull beneath the untanned skin of Southern California's high society.

The Underground Man

The Underground Man
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 273
ISBN: 9780679768081
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Release: 1996
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

While a mysterious fire ravages an affluent community in Southern California, Lew Archer searches for a missing child and discovers a secret history of wayward parents, wounded offspring, and murder. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

A Ross MacDonald Companion

A Ross MacDonald Companion
Author: Robert L. Gale
Pages: 363
ISBN: UOM:39015055441391
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Release: 2002
Editor: Greenwood
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ross Macdonald is best known as the creator of private detective Lew Archer and as the author of such works as The Drowning Pool (1950) and The Underground Man (1971). This reference is a convenient guide to his life and works.

The Doomsters

The Doomsters
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307772893
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Release: 2011-03-23
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political dynasty, detective Lew Archer investigates the suspicious deaths of his parents, Senator Hallman and his wife Alicia. Arriving in the sleepy town of Purissima, Archer discovers that orange groves may be where the Hallmans made their mint, but they’ve has been investing heavily in political intimidation and police brutality to shore up their rancid wealth. However, after years of dastardly double-crossing and low down dirty-dealing, the family seem to be on the receiving end of a karmic death-blow. With two dead already and another consigned to the nuthouse, Archer races to crack the secret before another Hallman lands on the slab.Murder, madness and greed grace The Doomsters, where a tony façade masks the rot and corruption within.

The Blue Hammer

The Blue Hammer
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780307773494
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Release: 2010-11-17
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness and only Detective Lew Archer can make sense of a killer who makes murder a work of art. Finding a purloined portrait of a leggy blonde was supposed to be an easy paycheck for Archer, but that was before the bodies began piling up. Suddenly, Archer find himself smack in the middle of a decades-long mystery of a brilliant artist who walked into the desert and simply disappeared. He left behind a bevy of muses, molls, dolls, and dames-each one scrambling for what they thought was rightfully theirs.

The Galton Case

The Galton Case
Author: Ross Macdonald
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307759672
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Release: 2011-02-23
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

The Zebra striped Hearse

The Zebra striped Hearse
Author: Ross Macdonald,Kenneth Millar
Pages: 278
ISBN: 9780375701450
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Release: 1962
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Lew Archer, a private detective, is hired to investigate the background of a wealthy young woman's suitor, who seems to be a fortune hunter