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Macdonald, Ross 1915-1983

Works: 251 works in 1,522 publications in 10 languages and 39,290 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Bibliography  Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery stories  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: PS3525.I486, 813.52
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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 goodbye look by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
49 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 2,120 libraries worldwide
"Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The prime suspect, their son Nick, has a talent for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a family with money and memories to burn. As Archer zeros in on Nick, he discovers a troubled blonde, a stash of wartime letters, a mysterious hobo."--Back cover
The blue hammer by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
26 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,093 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 underground man by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
37 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,017 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 by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
41 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,760 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 John Ross Macdonald( Book )
39 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,277 libraries worldwide
"In The Chill a distraught young man hires 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."--The publisher
The drowning pool by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
57 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in English and held by 1,180 libraries worldwide
Lew Archer investigates the death of a wealthy matriarch found floating in her pool
Black money by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
40 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,155 libraries worldwide
Lew Archer had been hired by a poor little rich boy who wanted his girl back. But what Archer found was a California town full of starcrossed couples who had in common a ten-year-old suicide, gambling debts - and murder
The instant enemy by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
19 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in English and held by 1,149 libraries worldwide
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
The zebra-striped hearse by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
29 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and held by 1,060 libraries worldwide
When Colonel Blackwell's daughter Harriet comes back from Mexico with Burke Damis, supposedly a talented painter, the colonel hires Lew Archer to investigate
The moving target by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
45 editions published between 1949 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 992 libraries worldwide
As Lew Archer investigates the kidnapping of Southern California millionaire Ralph Sampson, he is drawn from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to the casual violence of seedy jazz joints
The far side of the dollar by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
30 editions published between 1964 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 955 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. From the Trade Paperback edition
Archer at large by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
4 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 895 libraries worldwide
Archer in jeopardy by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
4 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and held by 757 libraries worldwide
The Wycherly woman by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
28 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in English and held by 738 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
Find a victim by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
46 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in English and held by 714 libraries worldwide
A dying hitchhiker leads Lew Archer into the dark side of the small town of Las Cruces, California
The Galton case by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
22 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in English and held by 713 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
Blue City by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
56 editions published between 1947 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 702 libraries worldwide
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
Great stories of suspense by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
4 editions published between 1974 and 1993 in English and held by 655 libraries worldwide
Four complete novels: Dick Francis's, Enquiry - Agatha Christie's, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! - Kenneth Fearing's, The Big Clock - and Ross Mcdonald's - The Far Side of the Dollar
The way some people die by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
40 editions published between 1951 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 605 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
The ivory grin by John Ross Macdonald( Book )
38 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 589 libraries worldwide
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. As he digs deeper into the case, he 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
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Millar, Kenn 1915-1983
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Макдональд, Росс, 1915-1983
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