Authors > Ross Macdonald

( Dec 13, 1915 -- Jul 11, 1983 )

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. In The Drowning Pool, Lew Archer takes this case in the L.A. suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred--and sufficient motive for a dozen murders.

Year: 1950
Genre: HardboiledMurder 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 Eye

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

 

NON-SERIES Novels

Year TitleGenres & Tags

1947Blue CityHardboiled

 

SERIES: LEW ARCHER

Year# TitleGenres & Tags

19491The Moving TargetHardboiledKidnappingPrivate Eye
19502The Drowning PoolHardboiledMurder MysteryPrivate Eye
19513The Way Some People DieHardboiledMissing PersonPrivate Eye
19524The Ivory GrinHardboiledPrivate Eye
19545Find a VictimHardboiledPrivate Eye
19566The Barbarous CoastHardboiledMissing PersonPrivate Eye , HOLLYWOOD
19587The DoomstersHardboiledPrivate Eye
19598The Galton CaseMissing PersonPrivate Eye
19619The Wycherly WomanMissing PersonPrivate Eye
196210The Zebra-Striped HearsePrivate Eye
196311The ChillCold CaseMissing PersonPrivate Eye
196512The Far Side of the DollarKidnappingPrivate Eye
196613Black MoneyPrivate Eye
196814The Instant EnemyKidnappingMissing PersonPrivate Eye
196915The Goodbye LookPrivate Eye
197116The Underground ManPrivate Eye
197317Sleeping BeautyFamily SecretsPrivate Eye
197618The Blue HammerCold CaseMissing PersonPrivate Eye