Authors > Ross Macdonald

If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler, it was Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his predecessors had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin.

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The Drowning Pool

When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his seductive teenage daughter.

Year: 1950     Genre: Murder MysteryPrivate Eye

The Galton Case

Anthony Galton disappeared almost 20 years ago. Now his aging--and very rich--mother has hired Lew Archer to bring him back. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a suspicious heir, and a con man whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them.

Year: 1959     Genre: Missing PersonPrivate Eye

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.

Year: 1963     Genre: Cold CaseMissing PersonPrivate EyeSuspense

The Underground Man

The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth, with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of California's version of the American dream.

Year: 1971     Genre: Private Eye



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1947Blue CityCrime Fiction, Noir Fiction, Revenge
1949The Moving TargetKidnapping, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1950The Drowning PoolMurder Mystery, Private Eye, Lew Archer, Los Angeles
1951The Way Some People DieMissing Person, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1952The Ivory GrinPrivate Eye, Lew Archer
1954Find a VictimPrivate Eye, Lew Archer
1956The Barbarous CoastMissing Person, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1958The DoomstersPrivate Eye, Lew Archer
1959The Galton CaseMissing Person, Private Eye, Lew Archer, California, Canada, Reno
1961The Wycherly WomanMissing Person, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1962The Zebra-Striped HearsePrivate Eye, Lew Archer
1963The ChillCold Case, Missing Person, Private Eye, Suspense, Lew Archer
1965The Far Side of the DollarKidnapping, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1966Black MoneyPrivate Eye, Lew Archer
1968The Instant EnemyKidnapping, Missing Person, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1969The Goodbye LookPrivate Eye, Lew Archer
1971The Underground ManPrivate Eye, Lew Archer
1973Sleeping BeautyCrime Fiction, Family Secrets, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1976The Blue HammerCold Case, Missing Person, Private Eye, Lew Archer




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