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



Got ItWant ItRead ItYearTitle

-- -- --1947Blue City 
-- -- --1949The Moving Target Lew Archer
-- -- --1950The Drowning Pool Lew Archer
-- -- --1951The Way Some People Die Lew Archer
-- -- --1952The Ivory Grin Lew Archer
-- -- --1954Find a Victim Lew Archer
-- -- --1956The Barbarous Coast Lew Archer
-- -- --1958The Doomsters Lew Archer
-- -- --1959The Galton Case Lew Archer
-- -- --1961The Wycherly Woman Lew Archer
-- -- --1962The Zebra-Striped Hearse Lew Archer
-- -- --1963The Chill Lew Archer
-- -- --1965The Far Side of the Dollar Lew Archer
-- -- --1966Black Money Lew Archer
-- -- --1968The Instant Enemy Lew Archer
-- -- --1969The Goodbye Look Lew Archer
-- -- --1971The Underground Man Lew Archer
-- -- --1973Sleeping Beauty Lew Archer
-- -- --1976The Blue Hammer Lew Archer