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Ross MacDonald


(Kenneth Millar)
USA flag (1915 - 1983)
Husband of Margaret Millar

aka Kenneth Millar

Ross Macdonald was the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar who was born in California and educated in Canada and at the University of Michigan, where he also taught. In 1938 he married the writer Margaret Millar. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1944 to 1946. He published his first novel, The Dark Tunnel, in 1944 and his first Lew Archer story, The Moving Target, in 1949. He became a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 1973.
 

Genres: Mystery
 
Series
Chet Gordon (as by Kenneth Millar)
   1. The Dark Tunnel (1944)
     aka I Die Slowly
   2. Trouble Follows Me (1946)
     aka Night Train
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Lew Archer
   1. The Moving Target (1949)
     aka Harper
   2. The Drowning Pool (1950)
   3. The Way Some People Die (1951)
   4. The Ivory Grin (1952)
     aka Marked for Murder
   5. Find a Victim (1954)
   The Bearded Lady (1955)
   The Name Is Archer (1955)
   6. The Barbarous Coast (1956)
   7. The Doomsters (1958)
   8. The Galton Case (1959)
   9. The Wycherly Woman (1961)
   10. The Zebra-Striped Hearse (1962)
   11. The Chill (1964)
   12. The Far Side of the Dollar (1965)
   13. Black Money (1966)
   14. The Instant Enemy (1968)
   15. The Goodbye Look (1969)
   16. The Underground Man (1971)
   17. Sleeping Beauty (1973)
   18. The Blue Hammer (1976)
   Lew Archer, Private Investigator (1977)
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Novels
   Blue City (1947) (as by Kenneth Millar)
   The Three Roads (1948) (as by Kenneth Millar)
   Meet Me at the Morgue (1954)
     aka Experience With Evil
   The Ferguson Affair (1960)
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Collections
   Strangers in Town (2001)
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Omnibus editions show
 
Ross MacDonald recommends
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The Big Sleep / Farewell My Lovely (1995)
(Philip Marlowe )
Raymond Chandler
"Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence."
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Hiding Place (1973)
(Frank Hastings)
Collin Wilcox
"Involves you like (Dashiell) Hammett does."
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The Big Fix (1973)
(Moses Wine, book 1)
Roger L Simon
"Brilliant... a landmark in its field."

Books containing stories by Ross MacDonald
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Los Angeles Noir 2 (2010)
The Classics
(Akashic Noir)
edited by
Denise Hamilton
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A Century of Noir (2002)
Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories
edited by
Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane

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Awards
1965 CWA Gold Dagger : The Far Side of the Dollar

Award nominations
1966 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Far Side of the Dollar
1964 CWA Gold Dagger (nominee) : The Chill
1963 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Zebra-Striped Hearse
1962 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Wycherly Woman


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