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Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s (LOA #279)

Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s (LOA #279)
The Zebra-Striped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Library of America
  • Release : 2016-04-19
  • Pages : 792
  • ISBN : 1598534793
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The three novels collected in this second volume in the Library of America Ross Macdonald edition represent for many readers the summit of American crime writing. They remain thrilling for their searing psychological truth-telling, daring flights of narrative invention, and their keenly observed picture of the manners and morals of a particular time and place (Southern California in the early 1960s). Each reflects Macdonald’s enduring concern with the hidden crimes and agonizing dysfunctions that haunt families from one generation to the next. In The Zebra-Striped Hearse, a father’s attempt to protect his daughter from “the complete and utter personal disaster” of marriage to a troubled drifter sends private detective Lew Archer on a perplexing and increasingly bloody trail that leads him from Mexico to Lake Tahoe and finally into the maze of a tragically splintered identity. In The Chill, the search for a young bride gone missing uncovers a succession of seemingly unrelated crimes committed over a period of decades, as Archer finds himself “a ghost from the present haunting a bloody moment in the past.” Another hunt for a missing person—this time a young man escaped from an elite reform school—provides the impetus for The Far Side of the Dollar, which Macdonald’s friend Eudora Welty considered “securely among your strongest and best . . . a beauty that just gets better.” LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

It's All One Case

It's All One Case
The Illustrated Ross Macdonald Archives

by Paul Nelson,Kevin Avery

  • Publisher : Fantagraphics Books
  • Release : 2016-09-13
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1606998889
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2012-07-05
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 014196815X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Private detective Lew Archer has better things to do than take on an investigation for Alex Kincaid, a young man claiming that his new bride, Dolly, has gone missing. Snapped by a hotel photographer on the day of their wedding, the beautiful girl vanished only hours after and Alex has heard nothing since. But when Archer begins digging, he finds evidence that links Dolly to brutal murders that span two decades, and a terrible secret. In this byzantine and compelling tale, Ross Macdonald explores the darkest experiences that can bind a family together - and tear it apart. Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries rewrote the conventions of the detective novel with their credible, humane hero, and with Macdonald's insight and moral complexity won new literary respectability for the hardboiled genre previously pioneered by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. They have also received praise from such celebrated writers as William Goldman, Jonathan Kellerman, Eudora Welty and Elmore Leonard.

Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of the 1950s (LOA #264)

Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of the 1950s (LOA #264)
The Way Some People Die / The Barbarous Coast / The Doomsters / The Galton Case

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Library of America
  • Release : 2015-04-28
  • Pages : 900
  • ISBN : 1598533762
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Ross MacDonald

Ross MacDonald
A Biography

by Tom Nolan

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2015-07-07
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 1501120441
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 Ross MacDonald Collection

The Ross MacDonald Collection
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017
  • Pages : 2618
  • ISBN : 9781598535525
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Ross Macdonald transformed the detective novel into a literary expression of unique psychological depth and drama. Here, for the first time in a deluxe three-volume Library of America boxed set, are eleven of his classic Lew Archer mysteries. Contains: Four Novels of the 1950s (Library of America volume #264) The Way Some People Die The Barbarous Coast The Doomsters The Galton Case Three Novels of the Early 1960s (Library of America volume #279) The Zebra-Striped Hearse The Chill The Far Side of the Dollar Four Later Novels (Library of America volume #295) Black Money The Instant Enemy The Goodbye Look The Underground Man LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

The Moving Target

The Moving Target
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 2010-12-08
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0307773183
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 2011-08-31
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0307759628
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his seductive teenage daughter. In The Drowning Pool, Lew Archer takes this case in the L.A. suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred—and sufficient motive for a dozen murders.

The Dark Tunnel

The Dark Tunnel
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release : 2013-01-22
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 1453290524
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 Zebra-Striped Hearse By Ross Macdonald

The Zebra-Striped Hearse By Ross Macdonald
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1964
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Underground Man

The Underground Man
A Lew Archer Novel

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 2010-12-01
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0307773140
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California, Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping. What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder—and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline. The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth, with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of California's version of the American dream. If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler, it was Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his predecessors had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin.

Ross Macdonald/Kenneth Millar, a Descriptive Bibliography

Ross Macdonald/Kenneth Millar, a Descriptive Bibliography
A Book

by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli

  • Publisher : Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Release : 1983
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Instant Enemy

The Instant Enemy
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 2011-01-12
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 030777290X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel. At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be with her hothead juvenile delinquent boyfriend. That is until this bush-league Bonnie & Clyde kidnap Stephen Hackett, a local millionaire industrialist. Now, Archer is offered a cool 100 Gs for his safe return by his coquettish heiress mother who has her own mysterious ties to this disturbed duo. But the deeper Archer digs, the more he realizes that nothing is as it seems and everything is questionable. Is the boyfriend a psycho ex-con with murder on the brain or a damaged youngster trying to straighten out his twisted family tree? And is the daughter simply his nympho sex-kitten companion in crime or really a fragile kid, trying to block out horrific memories of bad acid and an unspeakable sex crime?

Find a Victim

Find a Victim
A Lew Archer Novel

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 2010-12-01
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0307773337
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Las Cruces wasn’t a place most travelers would think to stop. But after private investigator Lew Archer plays the good samaritan and picks up a bloodied hitchhiker, he finds himself in town for a few days awaiting a murder inquest. A hijacked truck full of liquor and an evidence box full of marijuana, $20,000 from a big-time bank heist by a small-time crook, corruption, adultery, incest, prodigal daughters, and abused wives all make the little town seem a lot more interesting than any guide book ever could. And as the murder rate rises, Archer finds himself caught up in mystery where everyone is a suspect and everyone’s a victim.

The Goodbye Look

The Goodbye Look
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN : 0141196602
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lew Archer, world-weary private investigator, is hired by Larry and Irene chalmers when they suspect that their troubled son Nick is involved in their own burglary. But when a fellow investigator - one who's been working with Nick - turns up dead, Archer soon realizes this isn't simply about some stolen loot. To help their son, Archer must uncover the truth about a kidnap years ago, and discover why the handgun from a decades-old killing apparently turns up at every new and terrible murder.

Blue City

Blue City
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 2011-01-11
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0307740722
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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He was a son who hadn’t known his father very well. It was a town shaken by a grisly murder—his father’s murder. Johnny Weatherly was home from a war and wandering. When he found out that his father had been assassinated on a street corner and that his father’s seductive young wife had inherited a fortune, he started knocking on doors. The doors came open, and Johnny stepped into a world of gamblers, whores, drug-dealers, and blackmailers, a place in which his father had once moved freely. Now Johnny Weatherly was going to solve this murder—by pitting his rage, his courage, and his lost illusions against the brutal underworld that has overtaken his hometown.

The Ivory Grin

The Ivory Grin
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 2010-12-29
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780307772879
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Traveling from sleazy motels to stately seaside manors, The Ivory Grin is one of Lew Archer's most violent and macabre cases ever. A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he's being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks the wayward maid to a ramshackle motel in a seedy, run-down small town, but finds her dead in her tiny room, with her throat slit from ear to ear. Archer digs deeper into the case and discovers a web of deceit and intrigue, with crazed number-runners from Detroit, gorgeous triple-crossing molls, and a golden-boy shipping heir who’s gone mysteriously missing.

The Galton Case

The Galton Case
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2012-07-05
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0141968176
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Twenty years ago, Anthony Galton vanished, along with his streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of the Galton fortune. Now his dying mother wants him found, and Lew Archer is on the case: is Anthony hiding somewhere, happy and eager not to be discovered? But what Archer finds - a headless skeleton, a clever con and a terrified blonde - reveals a game whose stakes are so high that someone is willing to kill. The Galton Case is a wonderfully devious and poetic look at poverty, greed, murder and identity. Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries rewrote the conventions of the detective novel with their credible, humane hero, and with Macdonald's insight and moral complexity won new literary respectability for the hardboiled genre previously pioneered by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. They have also received praise from such celebrated writers as William Goldman, Jonathan Kellerman, Eudora Welty and Elmore Leonard.

Black Money

Black Money
A Book

by Ross Macdonald

  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 1966
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When rich boy Peter Jamieson's fiancee suddenly breaks their engagement, Peter hires private detective Lew Archer to investigate the woman's mysterious French lover

Inward Journey

Inward Journey
Ross Macdonald

by Ralph B. Sipper

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1984
  • Pages : 161
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"In two hitherto unpublished essays, the late Ross Macdonald brilliantly elucidates the function of the detective novel in modern literature ... And more than two dozen distinguished writers, many of whom knew Ross Macdonald as Kenneth Millar in real life, pay tribute to this singular man and his work with memoirs, poems, or critical essays of their own." --