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    The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

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.

Year: 1949
Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveKidnappingPrivate Eye

    The Drowning Pool by Ross Macdonald

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 Way Some People Die by Ross Macdonald

In a rundown house in Santa Monica, Mrs. Samuel Lawrence presses fifty crumpled bills into Lew Archer's hand and asks him to find her wandering daughter, Galatea. As the bodies begin to pile up, he finds that even angel faces can mask the blackest of hearts.Filled with dope, delinquents and murder, this is classic Macdonald and one of his very best in the Lew Archer series.

Year: 1951
Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveMissing PersonPrivate Eye

    The Ivory Grin by Ross Macdonald

Traveling from sleazy motels to stately seaside manors, The Ivory Grin is one of Lew Archer's most violent and macabre cases ever.

Year: 1952
Genre: Hardboiled DetectivePrivate Eye

    Find a Victim by Ross Macdonald

Las Cruces wasn't a place most travelers would think to stop. But after private investigator Lew Archer plays the good samaritan and picks up a bloodied hitchhiker, he finds himself in town for a few days awaiting a murder inquest. And as the murder rate rises, Archer finds himself caught up in mystery where everyone is a suspect and everyone's a victim.

Year: 1954
Genre: Hardboiled DetectivePrivate Eye


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-- -- --1949 The Moving Target   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1950 The Drowning Pool   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1951 The Way Some People Die   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1952 The Ivory Grin   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1954 Find a Victim   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1956 The Barbarous Coast   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1958 The Doomsters   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1959 The Galton Case   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1961 The Wycherly Woman   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1962 The Zebra-Striped Hearse   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1963 The Chill   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1965 The Far Side of the Dollar   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1966 Black Money   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1968 The Instant Enemy   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1969 The Goodbye Look   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1971 The Underground Man   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1973 Sleeping Beauty   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1976 The Blue Hammer   by Ross Macdonald