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Kenneth Millar [1915-83]

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"You can't get away from the past. It's built into one's life. You can't wall it off or evade it or undo it.
It's inescapably and inevitably there, like a deformed child in a secret room of one's house."
— Ross MacDonald (in "Meet Me At The Morgue" 1953)

"I'm on the side of justice when I can find it. When I can't find it, I'm for the underdog."
— character Lew Archer (in "The Barbarous Coast" 1956)

          Kenneth Millar was born 13 December 1915 in Los Gatos (south of San Francisco) in California. He was educated in Canada, bicycled around Europe, and met and married Canadian Margaret Sturm in 1938. He attended the University of Michigan, served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, then graduated with a PhD in literature (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1946. They moved back to California in the 1950s, living in Santa Barbara, Menlo Park, and Montecito.
          After writing for the pulp magazines, his first novel "The Dark Tunnel" was published in 1944. His wife was already successful with her own mystery novels (from 1941), so he changed his name to John Ross Macdonald and then to Ross Macdonald. The first Lew Archer mystery novel was published in 1949; his big breakout year was 1969, and the subsequent three novels were also bestsellers. He let it be known that he read Fitzgerald's 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby" every year. He served as president of The Mystery Writers of America, who gave him their Grand Master Award in 1974. He died of Alzheimer's disease on 11 July 1983, and his widow died in 1994.

          Ross Macdonald is considered the third-most important hardboiled detective novelist, after Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. The novels and story collections are almost all in print (Margaret Millar's are not), and the several Paul Newman and other feature films are available on DVD.

Ross MacDonald entry at Wikipedia
Ross Macdonald books catalog at Amazon
Ross MacDonald movie & TV credits [1958-2002] at Internet Movie Database



Lew  Archer  Mystery Series

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On a trivial note: Lew Archer's office is specified as being at 8411½ Sunset Strip in West Hollywood;
whatever was there in the 1940s and 1950s was replaced by a hotel, circa 1960.

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Moving Target" (aka 'Harper') [#1 = 1949]
The Moving Target novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The Moving Target novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer) U.K. movie tie-in paperback  The geography is mostly in Santa Teresa (Santa Barbara, California). Los Angeles detective Lew Archer's former boss advises the unhappy wife of an oil tycoon to hire Lew when the husband disappears in L.A. and she receives a subtle ransom note in his handwriting asking her to cash in some bonds for $100,000 in cash.
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [3/98] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [7/84] out of print/used
Gregg Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [5/79] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia

made into the movie "Harper" [1966] starring Paul Newman (see below)

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Drowning Pool" [#2 = 1950]
The Drowning Pool novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography is in Nopal (Ventura, California) and Quinto (Santa Paula, California) and Las Vegas, Nevada and West Hollywood. A woman intercepts a blackmail note sent to her wealthy husband about events in her past; Lew visits their estate in oil country, and soon the family matriarch is drowned, the chauffeur is shot and set on fire, and the woman commits suicide by strychnine.
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [6/96] for $10.17
Bantam mass pb [9/83] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia
made into a 1975 feature film starring Paul Newman (see below)

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Way Some People Die" [#3 = 1951]
The Way Some People Die novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Santa Monica, Pacific Point (La Jolla), San Francisco, the Palm Springs area, and Hollywood in California. A sweet old lady hires Lew Archer to find her daughter, who hasn't been in touch for two months; the trail leads to a beach resort town and a gang selling heroin.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [7/2007] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [1971] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [6/51] out of print/rare
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Ivory Grin" (aka 'Marked For Murder') [#4 = 1952]
The Ivory Grin novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Bella City (imagined railroad town, not Bakersfield), Arroyo Beach (Avila-Pismo), and the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. A tough-as-nails wealthy woman hires Archer to track her recently-fired maid, based on a trumped-up story about missing costume jewelry. The parallel tale of a missing heir finally dovetails with the first, after the bodies pile up: one cut throat, one belly-shot, a car pushed off a cliff, and a shootout in Archer's office.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [7/2007] for $11.90
Bantam mass pb [1971] out of print/used
ImPress 8½x5¾ hardcover [2009] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Find A Victim" [#5 = 1954]
Find A Victim novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Las Cruces (north of Bakersfield), Lake Perdida (in the Sierras) & Tehachapi Pass in California, and the ghost town of Traverse in Nevada. On the highway to Sacramento, private detective Lew Archer stops for a hitchhiker who turns out to be a Mexican with a gunshot in his chest. A truckload of booze is missing, and three intertwined families include the owner of the trucking line, the county sheriff, and an innkeeper about to be indicted for income tax fraud.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [8/2001] for $11.73
Bantam mass pb [1971] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1954] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Name Is Archer" [7 stories; 1955]
The Name Is Archer book of short stories by Ross MacDonald  paperback original containing seven short stories: "The Bearded Lady",
"Find The Woman" (1956), "Gone Girl", "Guilt-Edged Blonde" (1954),
"Sinister Habit", "The Suicide" (1953), and "Wild Goose Chase" (1954);
later editions also include "Midnight Blue" (1960) & “Sleeping Dog” (1965)

Warner Books mass pb [10/91] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [10/83] out of print/used
Bantam mass [1979] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Barbarous Coast" [#6 = 1956]
The Barbarous Coast novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Malibu, the Palmdale area, West Hollywood, a movie studio near San Fernando Road, and Coldwater Canyon & Beverly Hills in California, and Las Vegas in Nevada. The frightened manager of an exclusive beach club calls Lew Archer to protect him from the husband of a former employee, but Lew ends up working for the husband to find the missing woman.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [12/2007] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [1973] out of print/used
Knopf 7½x5¼ hardcover [1956] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Doomsters" [#7 = 1958]
The Doomsters novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes West Hollywood, Purissima (Oxnard), Buena Vista (Ventura), and Malibu in California. An escapee from a psychiatric hospital talks Lew Archer into helping prove his innocence in several old murders; Lew tries to take the man north to turn himself in, but the man panics and knocks Lew out and steals his car. Serialized in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as "Breakthrough", Oct-Dec 1958.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [12/2007] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [1978] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [6/58] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Galton Case" [#8 = 1959]
The Galton Case novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Santa Teresa (Santa Barbara), San Francisco, Luna Bay, San Mateo, and Arroyo Park (Montecito?) in California, and Reno, Nevada. A lawyer hires Lew Archer to try to find the long-lost son and heir of a dying woman.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5 pb [12/2007] for $11.23
Bantam mass pb [1980] out of print/used
Allison & Busby hardcover [5/89] out of print/used
Knopf 10¼x6¼ hardcover [6/58] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Wycherly Woman" [#9 = 1961]
The Wycherly Woman novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Meadow Farms (inland oil town), Boulder Beach, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Medicine Stone (near Santa Cruz) in California. A cranky oil baron hires Lew Archer to find his college-student daughter, missing for two months.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [3/98] for $11.21
Bantam mass pb [1984] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Zebra-Striped Hearse" [#10 = 1962]
The Zebra-Striped Hearse novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Sunset Strp, Malibu, Citrus Junction (Pomoma area), Westwood & Bel Air in Los Angeles area; Redwood City, Luna Bay & Saline City {San Lorenzo?) in the Bay Area; Lake Tahoe in Nevada; and Mazatlan & Guadalajara in Mexico. A husband & wife are at odds over hiring Lew Archer to find their daughter who came back from vacation at Mexico resort with a man, fought with the parents, and then eloped.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5½ pb [3/98] for $11.66
Bantam mass pb [10/84] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Chill" [#11 = 1964]
The Chill novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Pacific Point (La Jolla), Indian Springs (Escondido?) in California, Bridgeton, Illinois (outside Chicago), and Reno & Lake Tahoe in Nevada. While in Pacific Point to testify in court, Archer stumbles on a newlywed whose wife suddenly walked out, who hires Lew to find her; the trail leads backward to murders 22 and ten years before, then another woman is the third murder victim. The book was awarded a Silver Dagger.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [6/96] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [1978] out of print/used
Impress Mystery 8½x6 hardcover [2003] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1963] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Far Side of The Dollar" [#12 = 1965]
The Far Side of The Dollar novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Laguna Perdida (Capistrano Beach?), El Rancho (Irvine), and Ocean View (Emerald Bay?) down in Orange County; Television City, Beverly Glen, Santa Monica Beach, Cedars Hospital, and Pacific Palisades in the Los Angeles area; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Pocatello, Idaho. Archer is hired to find a runaway boy who fled a reform school for troubled teens and then kidnapped himself for ransom. The book was awarded a Silver Dagger.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [11/96] for $10.20
Bantam mass pb [1966] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1965] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Black Money" [#13 = 1966]
Black Money novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Pacific Point (Newport Beach, this time), Monte Vista (Costa Mesa?), and Brentwood (W.L.A.), and Las Vegas, Nevada. A rejected swain hires Archer to uncover the identity of the suave and mysterious Frenchman who stole his girl; the trail reaches back to a suicide seven years prior and then to the murders of the girl’s mother and of the Panama-born con man.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [6/96] for $10.36
Phoenix/Orion 7¾x5 pb [4/2011] import/new-used
Warner Books mass pb [7/90] out of print/used
Random House Value Publng hardcover [4/99] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Archer In Hollywood: Three Exciting Novels" [omnibus 1967]
Archer In Hollywood omnibus book by Ross MacDonald  contains "The Moving Target" [1949], "The Way Some
People Die" [1951], and "The Barbarous Coast" [1956]

Knopf hardcover [1967] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1967] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Instant Enemy" [#14 = 1968]
The Instant Enemy novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Woodland Hills, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and the Sunset Strip in the Los Angeles area; San Francisco, Santa Teresa (Santa Barbara), Rodeo City (Shell Beach?), and Centerville (20 miles inland) on the California coast. A Valley banker father hires Archer to find his runaway daughter, who has been hanging out with a creepy ex-con teen.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [4/2008] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [1970] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1968] out of print/scarce
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Goodbye Look" [#15 = 1969 bestseller]
The Goodbye Look novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes West Los Angeles & Pasadena; and farther south: Pacific Point, Monte Vista, Point Loma, Imperial Beach, San Diego & La Jolla - all in California. A lawyer hires Archer to recover ana antique gold box stolen from the safe in a client's house.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [12/2000] for $11.70
Bantam mass pb [1970] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [6/69] out of print/many used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Archer At Large 1970 omnibus book  "Archer At Large" [omnibus 1970]
"Three great novels of suspense": "The Galton Case"
[1959], "The Chill" [1964], and "Black Money" [1966]

Random House/Knopf 8½x5¾ hardcover [6/70]
out of print/many, many used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Underground Man" [#16 = 1971 bestseller]
The Underground Man novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes West Los Angeles, Northridge & Pacific Palisades in the L.A. area; Santa Teresa, Petroleum City (Santa Maria?), Dunes Bay (off Highway 1), and Sausalito - all in California. Archer meets the woman next door, who is estranged from her husband; she asks Archer for help when her small boy is kidnapped on the way to Santa Teresa, where the hills are covered with wind-whipped fires.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [11/96] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [2/84] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1971] out of print/many, many used

made into a 1974 TV movie starring Peter Graves {see below}

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Sleeping Beauty" [#17 = 1973 bestseller]
Sleeping Beauty novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes West Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Topanga Beach, Long Beach & Redondo Beach, plus Pacific Point (Newport Beach) & Montevista (Costa Mesa) farther south. Returning from Mexico by plane, Archer sees a horrible oil slick off the California coast; he visits Pacific Point and meets an emotionally distraught woman treating an oiled pelican, then gives her a ride home to West L.A.; after she steals sleeping tablets from his apartment and runs away, he sets out to save her from possible suicide.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [12/2000] for $11.25
Bantam mass pb [11/84] out of print/used
Knopf 8½x6 hardcover [5/73] out of print/many, many used
book entry at Wikipedia
Sleeping Beauty radio drama from K.C.R.W.  
"Sleeping Beauty" radio drama from K.C.R.W. [1996]
Aired 1 January 1996 on KCRW 89.9-FM in Santa Monica (Los Angeles), California; directed by & starring Harris Yulin (as Lew Archer), also starring Shirley Knight, Stacy Keach, Pamela Reed, Bruce Davidson, Marian Mercer, Anthony Zerbe, Mary Kay Place & Ed Asner
KCRW audio cassette [1996] 6 tapes - out of prodn/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Blue Hammer" [#18 = 1976 bestseller]
The Blue Hammer novel by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  The geography includes Santa Teresa (Santa Barbara), U.C.S.B. campus & Sycamore Point in California, and Tucson, Copper City (Kearny?) & Chantry Canyon in Arizona. A wealthy copper miner & his wife hire Archer to recover a portrait stolen from the wall of their mansion; the painting was by a painter who disappeared 25 years prior, the daughter is missing, the art dealer who sold it gets his head bashed in, and Archer falls for a local reporter who disappears. (Archer and Betty the reporter are paired up at the end.)
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5½ pb [4/2008] for $11.20
Bantam mass pb [1977] out of print/used
Knopf 8½x6 hardcover [6/76] for $27.95

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Lew Archer, Private Investigator" [1977]
Lew Archer, Private Investigator 1977 anthology  The seven stories of "The Name is Archer" {above} plus two
additional stories: “Midnight Blue” (1960) & “Sleeping Dog” (1965)

Mysterious Press 9½x6 hardcover [10/86] out of print/many used
Ballantine hardcover [6/77] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Archer In Jeopardy: Three Superb Novels" [omnibus 1979]
Archer In Jeopardy 1979 omnibus book  contains "The Doomsters" [1958], "The Zebra-Striped
Hearse" [1962], and "The Instant Enemy" [1968]

Knopf 8¼x5½ hardcover [9/79] out of print/many used
Knopf hardcover [9/79] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Lew Archer Omnibus" [U.K. 1993-97]
Lew Archer Omnibus books from U.K.   Volume 1 contains "The Drowning Pool" [1950], "The Chill" [1964], and "The Goodbye Look" [1969]
Allison & Busby 7½x5 pb [10/93] out of print/used
Volume 2 contains "The Moving Target" [1949], "The Barbarous Coast" [1956], and "The Far Side of The Dollar" [1965]
Allison & Busby 7½x5 pb [8/94] out of print/used
Volume 3 contains "The Ivory Grin" [1952], "The Galton Case", [1959] and "The Blue Hammer" [1976]
Allison & Busby 7½x5 pb [10/97] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Strangers In Town" [omnibus 2001]
Strangers in Town 2001 omnibus book  "Three Newly-Discovered Mysteries by Ross Macdonald"
Edited by Tom Nolan

includes the novellas "Death By Water" [1945], "Strangers In Town"
(1950), and "The Angry Man" (1955)

Crippen & Landru 9x6 pb [2/2001] out of print/used
Crippen & Landru 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2001] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Archer Files" [2007 collection]
The Archer Files 2007 collection edited by Tom Nolan  "The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator, including newly-discovered case notes" Edited by Tom Nolan
includes Nolan's biographical sketch of Lew Archer; seven stories from "The Name Is Archer" [1955]; two additional stories from "Lew Archer, P.I." [1977]; three rediscovered novellas from "Stangers In Town" [2001]; plus the chapters & notes and snippets that are the 'case notes'
Crippen & Landru 8¾x6 pb [6/2007] for $25.00
Spanish-language "El Expediente Archer" [2010]
Grijalbo Mondadori SA pb [6/2010] for $18.68


Books from Library of America

Four Novels of the 1950s collection by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)  "Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of The 1950s" [2015]  3/2015
Edited by Tom Nolan

includes four Lew Archer novels: "The Way Some People Die" [1951], "The Barbarous Coast" [1956], "The Doomsters" [1958], and "The Galton Case" [1959]
Library of America 8¼x5 hardcover [4/2015] for $26.50



Other Books by Ross Macdonald

browse Ross MacDonald books catalog at Amazon

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Dark Tunnel" as Kenneth Millar [1944 novel]
The Dark Tunnel 1944 novel by Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald)   A spy novel, re-issued in 1955 as "I Die Slowly". A Midwestern college professor witnesses his best friend fall to his death from an office building; knowing that the man was suspicious of German spies on campus, he does not believe that the death was suicide.
Bantam mass pb [7/83] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [1972] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Trouble Follows Me: A Detective Story" as Kenneth Millar [1946 novel]
Trouble Follows Me 1946 novel by Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald)  A spy novel, re-issued in 1950 & 1955 as "Night Train". The geography includes Honolulu in Hawai'i, Detroit & Ann Arbor in Michigan; San Diego & Santa Barbara in California, and Tijuana, Mexico; the middle third takes place on the 'Grand Canyon Limited' train from Detroit to Los Angeles. Young Navy lieutenant Sam Drake and his longtime pal are caught up in a supposed suicide in Hawai'i, then a similar faked suicide in Detroit; contact with the F.B.I. does not prevent further murder attempts on the train to the West Coast. (Much of the tale involves race issues and 'Black Israel'.)
Bantam mass pb [8/83] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [9/72] out of print/used
Lion Books mass pb [10/50] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead & Co. hardcover [1946] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Blue City" as Kenneth Millar [1947 novel]
Blue City 1947 novel by Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald)  "The story of a desparate double manhunt." Army veteran John Weather returns to his home town and discovers that his town-leader father was murdered two years prior; in just three days time, he solves the murder of his father, cleans up the town's corrupt political machine, and finds true love.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5 pb [1/2011] for $11.25
Bantam mass pb [12/85] out of print/used
Lawrence Hill Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [10/87] out of print/many used
made into a 1986 feature film {see below}
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Three Roads" as Kenneth Millar [1948 novel]
The Three Roads 1948 novel by Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald)  The geography includes San Diego, La Jolla, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles & Glendale. Navy Lt. Bret Taylor has been in a Navy hospital for nine months; he has amnesia and remembers nothing much since his ship was sunk in the South Pacific. His steadfast screenwriter girlfriend visits weekly until he suddenly starts remembering and then takes off to solve a murder.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [1/2011] for $11.25
Warner Books mass pb [2/91] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1948] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Meet Me At The Morgue"
as John Ross Macdonald [1953 novel]
Meet Me At The Morgue 1953 novel by Kenneth Millar (John Ross Macdonald)  A condensed version ran as "Experience With Evil" in the March 1953 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. The geography includes Pacific Point (La Jolla), Westwood, Pacific Palisades, Long Beach, and Palmdale in California. County probation officer Howard Cross gets involved when a toddler is kidnapped; when he tracks the ransom after the drop-off, he finds a sleazy ex-cop with an icepick in his neck.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 7¾x5¼ pb [12/2010] for $10.95
Warner Books mass pb [2/91] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [4/84] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1953] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Ferguson Affair" as Ross Macdonald [1960 novel]
The Ferguson Affair novel by Ross Macdonald  The geography includes Buenavista (Ventura?), Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Mountain Grove (inland resort). Attorney William Gunnarson is assigned the case of a girl who pawned a stolen ring, which leads to a burglary gang, several murders, and a kidnapping for ransom.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard mass pb [12/2010] for $11.25
Bantam mass pb [1967] out of print/used
Knopf Crime Club hardcover [1961] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"On Crime Writing" [1973] by Ross Macdonald
On Crime Writing book by Ross Macdonald   Capra Press chapbook [1973] out of print/used
Capra Press hardcover? chapbook [1973] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Ross Macdonald Selects: Great Stories of Suspense" [1974]
Ross Macdonald Selects, Great Stories of Suspense anthology  Edited & Introduction by Ross Macdonald; includes four complete novels: "The Big Clock" [1946] by Kenneth Fearing; "What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw" [1957] by Agatha Christie; editor MacDonald's Edgar-nominated "The Far Side of The Dollar" [1965]; and "Enquiry" [1969] by Dick Francis; PLUS 11 short stories by James M. Cain ("The Baby In The Icebox"), John Cheever ("The Five-Forty-Eight"), John Collier ("Wet Saturday"), Roald Dahl, Stanley Ellin, Michael Gilbert, Grahame Greene ("The Basement Room"), Dashiell Hammett ("Fly Paper"), Patricia Highsmith, Margaret Millar & Flannery O'Connor; and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" [1886 novella] by Robert Louis Stevenson
Knopf hardcover [1974] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Early Millar: The First Stories of Ross Macdonald & Margaret Millar" [1982]
Privately published rare book, total edition of 170, bound in full leather
from Cordelia Editions in Santa Barbara, California



Movies & Television
Ross MacDonald movie & TV credits [1958-2002] at Internet Movie Database

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Harper" [Warner Bros. Feb 1966]
Directed by Jack Smight; script by William Goldman, based on the novel "The Moving Target"; starring Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters, Harold Gould, Roy Jenson & Strother Martin; nominated for WGA Best Drama Script; full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Underground Man" TV movie [Paramount/N.B.C. May 1974]
Directed by Paul Wendkos; script by Douglas Heyes, based on Ross Macdonald's novel; starring Peter Graves, Celeste Holm, Sharon Farrell, Jim Hutton, Kay Lenz, Biff McGuire, Vera Miles, Jo Ann Pflug, Judith Anderson & Jack Klugman • video/DVD not available • full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Drowning Pool" [Warner/First Artists June 1975]
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg; based on Ross Macdonald's novel; starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton, Gail Strickland, Melanie Griffith, Linda Haynes, Richard Jaeckel, Paul Koslo, Joe Canutt, Andrew Robinson, Coral Browne, Richard Derr, Helena Kallianiotes & Leigh French • full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Archer" [Paramount/N.B.C. 1975 6-episode TV series]
Starring Brian Keith & John P. Ryan; full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Double Negative" [Quadrant 1980]
Directed by George Bloomfield; based on the novel "The Three Roads"; starring Michael Sarrazin, Susan Clark, Anthony Perkins, Howard Duff, Kate Reid, Al Waxman, Elizabeth Shepherd, Kenneth Welsh, John Candy, Maury Chaykin, Michael Ironside & Eugene Levy; full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Blue City" feature film [Paramount May 1986]
Blue City 1986 feature film   Billy Turner returns to the small Florida town where he grew up and learns that his father has been killed; with little help from the police, he takes matters into his own hands and goes up against a ruthless local mob boss to find the killer. Directed by Michelle Manning; script by Lukas Heller & Walter Hill, loosely based on Ross Macdonald's novel; music by Ry Cooder; starring Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, David Caruso, Paul Winfield, Scott Wilson, Anita Morris, Luis Contreras & Julie Carmen; nominated for 5 Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture
Legend Films widescreen color DVD [6/2008] for $7.99
Paramount color VHS [4/93] for $4.35 {sic}
Warner/W.E.A. soundtrack CD [7/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Criminal Behavior" TV movie [May 1992]
Directed by Michael Miller; script by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel "The Ferguson Affair"; starring Farrah Fawcett, A Martinez, Dakin Matthews, John Hancock, Cliff De Young, Angela Paton, Nada Despotovich & Andrew Robinson; video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Wolf of The West Coast" aka 'Le Loup de la Côte Ouest' TV movie [Dec 2002]
Co-written & directed by Hugo Santiago; based on the Ross Macdonald short story
"Guilt-Edged Blonde"; video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb




Works  About  Ross Macdonald

The World of Ross MacDonald's Novels book by Peter Wolfe  
"Dreamers Who Live Their Dreams: The World of Ross MacDonald's Novels"
[1976] by Peter Wolfe

Bowling Green State Univ Popular Press 8¾x5¾ pb [1977] out of print/used
Bowling Green State Univ Popular Press 9¼x6 hardcover [1976] out of print/used
Ross Macdonald's Inner Journey book edited by Ralph B. Sipper  "Ross Macdonald's Inner Journey" [25 essays; 1984]
Edited by Ralph B. Sipper

Mysterious Press 8¼x5½ pb [3/87] out of print/used
Cordelia Editions of Santa Barbara hardcover [1984] out of print/used
Ross Macdonald biography by Matthew J. Bruccoli  "Ross Macdonald" biography [1984] by Matthew J. Bruccoli
Harcourt 9¼x7¼ pb [3/84] out of print/used
Harcourt hardcover [3/84] out of print/used
Ross Macdonald bio by Tom Nolan  "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" [1999]
by Tom Nolan

Poisoned Pen Press 9¼x6¼ pb [1/2001] for $12.57
Scribner 9½x6½ hardcover [3/99] out of print/used
Ross Macdonald Companion book by Robert L. Gale  "A Ross Macdonald Companion" [2002]
by Robert L. Gale

Greenwood Press 9x6¼ hardcover [7/2002] for $83.95
Hardboiled Mystery Writers book edited by Matthew Bruccoli & Richard Layman  "Hardboiled Mystery Writers: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald - A Literary Reference" [2002]
Edited by Matthew Bruccoli & Richard Layman

Carroll & Graf 10x7 pb [7/2002] for $15.40
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Raymond Chandler [1888-1959] Pages
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961] Pages
Novels of Ross Macdonald  
"The Novels of Ross Macdonald" [2005]
by Michael Kreyling

Univ SC Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [7/2005] for $32.31



Family & Friends

wife mystery author Margaret Ellis Sturm Millar [1915-94], married 1938, widowed 1983
browse booksIMDb listing [1960-86]Wikipedia

daughter Linda Millar [1939-70]

longtime friend Eudora Welty [1909-2001]

there is a very talented illustrator named Ross MacDonald (but with a capital D) of New York City: official website



L i n k s
Ross MacDonald entry at Wikipedia
Ross Macdonald books catalog at Amazon.com
Ross MacDonald movie & TV credits [1958-2002] at Internet Movie Database

Guide to the Kenneth Millar Papers at U.C. Irvine
KL's Ross MacDonald fansite
Ross MacDonald Tribute at January Magazine
Lew Archer page at Thrilling Detective website


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