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Macdonald, Ross 1915-1983

Overview
Works: 476 works in 2,602 publications in 27 languages and 43,289 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Detective and mystery stories, American  Personal correspondence  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  Novels  Juvenile works  Noir fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Creator
Classifications: PS3525.I486, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Ross Macdonald
Publications by Ross Macdonald
Publications by Ross Macdonald, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Ross Macdonald
The blue hammer by Ross Macdonald( Book )
42 editions published between 1976 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,949 libraries worldwide
The desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness and only 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 Detective Lew 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 goodbye look by Ross Macdonald( Book )
31 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 1,864 libraries worldwide
"In his new novel, Macdonald's famous non-hero private eye Lew Archer -- embodiment of cool -- picks his way through the overheated and explosives mazes of a wealthy family's long-hidden secrets. A lost heirloom, a murder that breeds more murder, a boy's life poisoned by a money crime committed before he was born -- these are the elements of The Goodbye Look."--
The underground man by Ross Macdonald( Book )
49 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,858 libraries worldwide
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
Sleeping beauty / Ross Macdonald by Ross Macdonald( Book )
70 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,633 libraries worldwide
Private detective Lew Archer challenges the power and ruthlessness of an oil dynasty responsible for a spill on the Southern California coast
The chill by Ross Macdonald( Book )
113 editions published between 1963 and 2016 in 14 languages and held by 1,322 libraries worldwide
"In a small college town south of Los Angeles, Lew Archer investigates three murders, two in the past, one in the present" --
Black money by Ross Macdonald( Book )
90 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,144 libraries worldwide
Veteran private eye Lew Archer finds himself hobnobbing with the country club set and an academic type or two as he wends his way through this very engaging mystery. Hired to investigate a mysterious stranger who claims to be a wealthy French aristocrat, Archer manages to uncover a number of diverse yet interrelated scandals and crimes dating back a dozen years and more. The intricate plot unfolds against the backdrop of a quiet suburban town just to the south of LA, with a short sojourn to one of Las Vegas' less reputable casinos. There are a number of interesting characters and the well crafted narrative twists and turns in some very intriguing ways. Moreover, Macdonald's smart, insightful prose makes Black Money compellingly readable. --
The drowning pool by Ross Macdonald( Book )
50 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,057 libraries worldwide
Lew Archer investigates the death of a wealthy matriarch found floating in her pool
The zebra-striped hearse by Ross Macdonald( Book )
61 editions published between 1962 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,000 libraries worldwide
Isobel Blackwell comes calling on private investigator Lew Archer unexpectedly, just minutes before her husband is scheduled to meet with the detective. She is concerned about her stepdaughter, Harriet. The young woman is about to come into a large trust fund, and she wants to marry a handsome, penniless artist named Burke Damis. Isobel has no objection to the marriage, but Harriet's father, Colonel Blackwell, is staunchly opposed. He asks Archer to investigate Damis, and Archer agrees, partly because he's attracted to Mrs. Blackwell. Murders past and present crowd the investigation as various leads take Archer to Mexico, Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles
The far side of the dollar by Ross Macdonald( Book )
74 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in 10 languages and held by 987 libraries worldwide
Has Tom Hillman run away from his exclusive reform school, or has he been kidnapped? Are his wealthy parents protecting him or their own guilty secrets? And why does every clue lead Lew Archer to an abandoned Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed shoulders with grifters--and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse
Archer at large by Ross Macdonald( Book )
5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 792 libraries worldwide
"Three of the finest Macdonald thrillers are reissued in this superb collection, a companion volume to the Archer in Hollywood omnibus of 1967"--
The Galton case by Ross Macdonald( Book )
71 editions published between 1959 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 749 libraries worldwide
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 Wycherly woman by Ross Macdonald( Book )
66 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 741 libraries worldwide
Lew Archer has been hired to locate Phoebe Wycherly by her wealthy father, but first Archer must deal with "the Wycherly woman, Phoebe's mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake."--Back cover
Archer in jeopardy by Ross Macdonald( Book )
10 editions published between 1958 and 1988 in English and held by 700 libraries worldwide
"Macdonald's unforgettable detective is Lew Archer -- the wearily wise, infinitely resourceful private investigator who so often finds in the tangled past, with its long-buried guilty secrets, a fertile source of clues to the murderous present. Archer, whose very humanity puts him constantly in jeopardy ... He is at his incomparable best in the three splendid novels of suspense brought together here ..."--
Meet me at the morgue by Ross Macdonald( Book )
46 editions published between 1943 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 622 libraries worldwide
"The boy was kidnapped shortly before nine o'clock on a Saturday morning. The ransom letter was delivered by the mailman at nine-thirty. One of the kidnappers was dead before noon. These events were a challenge to Howard Cross, the head of the county probation department. For the man who drove away with the boy was on probation, and Cross believed in him. Spurred by this and his interest in the boy's mother, Cross goes into the Los Angeles underworld in search of the men and motives behind the crimes." --
Blue City by Ross Macdonald( Book )
57 editions published between 1947 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 612 libraries worldwide
"John Weather came back from the war to find that during his absence his father -- one-time mayor of Blue City -- had been murdered. His stepmother is involved with some pretty unsavory characters. The police and local politicos are hardly above reproach, and all in all Weather has a rough time of it. But of course he wins through in the end." --
Find a victim by Ross Macdonald( Book )
48 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in English and held by 601 libraries worldwide
A dying hitchhiker leads Lew Archer into the dark side of the small town of Las Cruces, California
The barbarous coast by Ross Macdonald( Book )
72 editions published between 1956 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 598 libraries worldwide
"The beautiful, high-diving blonde had Hollywood dreams and stars in her eyes but now she seems to have disappeared without a trace. Hired by her hotheaded husband and her rummy "uncle," Lew Archer sniffs around Malibu and finds the stink of blackmail, blood-money, and murder on every pricey silk shirt. Beset by dirty cops, a bumptious boxer turned silver screen pretty boy and a Hollywood mogul with a dark past, Archer discovers the secret of a grisly murder that just won't stay hidden." --Publisher
The way some people die by Ross Macdonald( Book )
68 editions published between 1951 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 592 libraries worldwide
Hired by Mrs. Samuel Lawrence to find her wandering daughter, Galatea, who had been last seen driving off with small-time gangster Joe Tarantine, P.I. Lew Archer follows a trail of death and mayhem that takes him from the slum alleys of Southern California to the luxury of Palm Springs
Strangers in town : three newly discovered mysteries by Ross Macdonald( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
"In an important literary discovery, Macdonald biographer, Tom Nolan, unearthed three previously unpublished private-eye stories by Ross Macdonald. 'Death by Water, ' written in 1945, features Macdonald's first detective Joe Rogers, and two novelettes from 1950 and 1955, 'Strangers in Town' and 'The Angry Man, ' are detailed cases of Lew Archer."--
Inward journey : Ross Macdonald by Ross Macdonald( Book )
2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
"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." --
 
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MacDonald
Macdonald, John
Macdonald, John 1915-1983
Macdonald, John Ross
Macdonald, John Ross 1915-1983
MacDonald, John Ross, pseud.
Macdonald, R (Ross)
Macdonald, Ross
MacDonald, Ross 1915-1983
Makdonalʹd, Ross 1915-1983
Makdonaldas, R. 1915-1983
Makdonaldas, R. (Rosas), 1915-1983
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Makudonarudo, Rosu, 1915-1983
McDonald, John Ross
McDonald, Ross, 1915-1983
McDonald, Ross, pseud.
Millar, Kenn 1915-1983
Millar, Kenneth
Millar, Kenneth 1915-1983
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