Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald

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.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Tom Nolan
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2015-07-07
Total Pages : 496 Pages
ISBN : 9781501120442


Ross Macdonald Four Novels Of The 1950s Library Of America 264

Ross Macdonald Four Novels Of The 1950s Library Of America 264

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.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher :
Release : 2015-04
Total Pages : 900 Pages
ISBN : 1598533762


It S All One Case

It S All One Case

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.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Paul Nelson
Publisher : Fantagraphics Books
Release : 2016-09-13
Total Pages : 304 Pages
ISBN : 9781606998885


The Goodbye Look

The Goodbye Look

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.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross MacDonald
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Release : 2000
Total Pages : 243 Pages
ISBN : 9780375708657


The Chill

The Chill

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.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Release : 2010-12-22
Total Pages : 288 Pages
ISBN : 9780307759597


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

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher :
Release : 2016-04-19
Total Pages : 805 Pages
ISBN : 1598534793


The Ross Macdonald Collection

The Ross Macdonald Collection

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher :
Release : 2017-09-12
Total Pages : 2690 Pages
ISBN : 1598535528


The Moving Target

The Moving Target

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.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Release : 2010-12-08
Total Pages : 256 Pages
ISBN : 9780307773180


The Ferguson Affair

The Ferguson Affair

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.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross MacDonald
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Release : 2010
Total Pages : 283 Pages
ISBN : 9780307740793


The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool

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.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Vintage Books
Release : 1996
Total Pages : 244 Pages
ISBN : 0679768068