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Ross MacDonald

Ross MacDonald Book
Author : Tom Nolan
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2015-07-07
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.

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

Ross MacDonald  Four Novels of the 1950s   Library of America  264  Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2015-04
ISBN : 9781598533767
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.

The Chill

The Chill Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2012-07-05
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.

The Underground Man

The Underground Man Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2012-07-05
ISBN : 0141968133
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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When a chance encounter makes him a witness to the abduction of a child, private detective Lew Archer can't help but be drawn into the case, pursuing a trail that leads all too quickly to murder. While forest fires rage in the hills around Los Angeles, threatening the homes of some of the city's wealthiest families, Archer unearths a hidden history of failed marriages, runaway children, and a man's life consumed by a search for the father who abandoned him. 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.

It s All One Case

It s All One Case Book
Author : Paul Nelson,Kevin Avery
Publisher : Fantagraphics Books
Release : 2016-09-13
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.

Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald Book
Author : Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
Publisher : San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Release : 1984
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald Book
Author : Jerry Speir
Publisher : Frederick Ungar
Release : 1978
ISBN : 9780804468718
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Presents an assessment of Ross Macdonald's works.

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 Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2016-04-19
ISBN : 9781598534795
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Ross Macdonald Kenneth Millar a Descriptive Bibliography

Ross Macdonald Kenneth Millar  a Descriptive Bibliography Book
Author : Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
Publisher : Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press
Release : 1983
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Goodbye Look

The Goodbye Look Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2012-07-05
ISBN : 0141968141
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. In The Goodbye Look, Ross Macdonald exposes the damage families can cause one another in the name of love, lies and greed. 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 Book
Author : Ross MacDonald
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2011-04-14
ISBN : 1780220561
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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'The finest series of detective novels ever written by an American' WILLIAM GOLDMAN. 'I can't make your girl come back if she doesn't want to. I told you that on the phone...' When Lew Archer is hired to find out the truth about a suspiciously suave Frenchman who has run off with his client's girlfriend, it looks like a simple enough case. But things start to look very different when Archer connects the elusive foreigner with a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts. BLACK MONEY is Ross Macdonald at his very finest, revealing the skull beneath the sun-kissed skin of Southern California.

The Ross Macdonald Collection

The Ross Macdonald Collection Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2017-09-12
ISBN : 9781598535525
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Instant Enemy

The Instant Enemy Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Release : 2011-01-12
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?

Dreamers who Live Their Dreams

Dreamers who Live Their Dreams Book
Author : Peter Wolfe
Publisher : Popular Press
Release : 1976
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Explores Macdonald's narrative technique as well as the moral intentions and content of his inventive crime fiction

Inward Journey

Inward Journey Book
Author : Ralph B. Sipper
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1984
ISBN : 0987650XXX
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." --

The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2012-07-05
ISBN : 0141968168
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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When Maude Slocum - beautiful, frightened and angry - comes to Lew Archer's office with a poison pen letter intended for her husband, he reluctantly agrees to help her. As he follows the Slocums around, Archer finds that Mrs Slocum might have the least of the family's troubles: her teenage daughter is desolate, her husband is in the closet and her mother-in-law has just come to an unpleasant end in the swimming pool. But why is their handsome ex-chauffeur still hanging around? And what does the sinister Pacific Refinery Company have to do with the all the bloodshed? The Drowning Pool is Ross Macdonald's gripping tale of adultery, jealousy, murder and lies. 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.

The Blue Hammer

The Blue Hammer Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Release : 2010-11-17
ISBN : 0307773493
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Moving Target

The Moving Target Book
Author : Ross Macdonald
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Release : 2010-12-08
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.

Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald Book
Author : Jerry Speir
Publisher : Frederick Ungar
Release : 1978
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Presents an assessment of Ross Macdonald's works.