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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
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-04
  • Total pages :900
  • ISBN : 1598533762
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Summary : 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 Dark Tunnel

The Dark Tunnel
  • Author : Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-01-22
  • Total pages :244
  • ISBN : 9781453290521
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Summary : 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.

The Goodbye Look

The Goodbye Look
  • Author : Ross MacDonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :243
  • ISBN : 9780375708657
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Summary : 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.

The Ross Macdonald Collection

The Ross Macdonald Collection
  • Author : Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-09-12
  • Total pages :2690
  • ISBN : 1598535528
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The Chill

The Chill
  • Author : Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-12-22
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780307759597
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Summary : 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: Three Novels of the Early 1960s: The Zebra-Striped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar: Library of America #279

Ross MacDonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s: The Zebra-Striped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar: Library of America #279
  • Author : Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-19
  • Total pages :805
  • ISBN : 1598534793
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Black Money

Black Money
  • Author : Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-06-15
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9780307759566
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Summary : 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
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :273
  • ISBN : 9780679768081
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Summary : 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.

Ross MacDonald

Ross MacDonald
  • Author : Tom Nolan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-07-07
  • Total pages :496
  • ISBN : 9781501120442
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Summary : 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.

The Ferguson Affair

The Ferguson Affair
  • Author : Ross MacDonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010
  • Total pages :283
  • ISBN : 9780307740793
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Summary : 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
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :244
  • ISBN : 0679768068
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Summary : 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
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-12-29
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9780307773159
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Summary : 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.

Meet Me at the Morgue

Meet Me at the Morgue
  • Author : Ross MacDonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010
  • Total pages :212
  • ISBN : 9780307740779
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Summary : Detective and mystery stories. Mystery fiction. Meet Me at the Morgue is the story of a kidnapping that led to four murders. In his search for the killer, Howard Cross digs deep into the Los Angeles underworld, finding along the way a beautiful, lost adolescent mourning a dead lover, a suitcase hidden under an aging sadist's bed, and a slovenly gentleman with an ice pick in his neck. Ross Macdonald has never written a story quite like this, and neither has anyone else.

Find a Victim

Find a Victim
  • Author : Ross MacDonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1954
  • Total pages :215
  • ISBN : 9780375708671
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Summary : 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
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :264
  • ISBN : 9780307740731
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Summary : 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 Blue Hammer

The Blue Hammer
  • Author : Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-11-17
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780307773494
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Summary : 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 Three Roads

The Three Roads
  • Author : Ross MacDonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9780307740762
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Summary : "[Ross Macdonald] gives to the detective story that accent of class that the late Raymond Chandler did."---Chicago Tribune --Book Jacket.

The Moving Target

The Moving Target
  • Author : Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-12-08
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9780307773180
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Summary : The first book in Ross Macdonald's acclaimed Lew Archer series introduces the detective who redefined the role of the American private eye and gave the crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity only hinted at before. Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping. As Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to jazz joints where you get beaten up between sets, The Moving Target blends sex, greed, and family hatred into an explosively readable crime novel.

Hardboiled Mystery Writers

Hardboiled Mystery Writers
  • Author : Matthew Joseph Bruccoli,Richard Layman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1989
  • Total pages :326
  • ISBN : 0786710292
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Summary : An illustrated guide to the mystery genre's hardest hitting writers focuses on the three men who created a uniquely American brand of detective fiction--Raymond Chandler, Dashiell HAmmett, and Ross Macdonald, the creators of such famed fictional private detectives as PHilip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Lew Archer. Original.

A Ross MacDonald Companion

A Ross MacDonald Companion
  • Author : Robert L. Gale
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2002
  • Total pages :363
  • ISBN : UOM:39015055441391
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Summary : 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.

Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald
  • Author : Jerry Speir
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1978
  • Total pages :182
  • ISBN : UOM:39015010337056
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Summary : Presents an assessment of Ross Macdonald's works.