WorldCat Identities

Macdonald, Ross 1915-1983

Works: 435 works in 2,370 publications in 25 languages and 42,771 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Detective and mystery stories, American  Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  Bibliography  Juvenile works  Noir fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Scenarist
Classifications: PS3525.I486, 813.52
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ross Macdonald
The blue hammer by Ross Macdonald( Book )

82 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in 10 languages and held by 2,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness and only Archer can make sense of a killer who makes murder a work of art. Finding a purloined portrait of a leggy blonde was supposed to be an easy paycheck for Detective Lew Archer, but that was before the bodies began piling up. Suddenly, Archer find himself smack in the middle of a decades-long mystery of a brilliant artist who walked into the desert and simply disappeared. He left behind a bevy of muses, molls, dolls, and dames -- each one scrambling for what they thought was rightfully theirs
The underground man by Ross Macdonald( Book )

108 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 2,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While a mysterious fire ravages an affluent community in Southern California, Lew Archer searches for a missing child and discovers a secret history of wayward parents, wounded offspring, and murder
The goodbye look by Ross Macdonald( Book )

40 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his new novel, Macdonald's famous non-hero private eye Lew Archer -- embodiment of cool -- picks his way through the overheated and explosives mazes of a wealthy family's long-hidden secrets. A lost heirloom, a murder that breeds more murder, a boy's life poisoned by a money crime committed before he was born -- these are the elements of The Goodbye Look." --
Sleeping beauty / Ross Macdonald by Ross Macdonald( Book )

69 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private detective Lew Archer challenges the power and ruthlessness of an oil dynasty responsible for a spill on the Southern California coast
The chill by Ross Macdonald( Book )

44 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a small college town south of Los Angeles, Lew Archer investigates three murders, two in the past, one in the present" --
Black money by Ross Macdonald( Book )

83 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran private eye Lew Archer finds himself hobnobbing with the country club set and an academic type or two as he wends his way through this very engaging mystery. Hired to investigate a mysterious stranger who claims to be a wealthy French aristocrat, Archer manages to uncover a number of diverse yet interrelated scandals and crimes dating back a dozen years and more. The intricate plot unfolds against the backdrop of a quiet suburban town just to the south of LA, with a short sojourn to one of Las Vegas' less reputable casinos. There are a number of interesting characters and the well crafted narrative twists and turns in some very intriguing ways. Moreover, Macdonald's smart, insightful prose makes Black Money compellingly readable. --
The drowning pool by Ross Macdonald( Book )

86 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lew Archer investigates the death of a wealthy matriarch found floating in her pool
The instant enemy by Ross Macdonald( Book )

65 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel. At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be with her hothead juvenile delinquent boyfriend. That is until this bush-league Bonnie & Clyde kidnap Stephen Hackett, a local millionaire industrialist. Now, Archer is offered a cool 100 Gs for his safe return by his coquettish heiress mother who has her own mysterious ties to this disturbed duo. But the deeper Archer digs, the more he realizes that nothing is as it seems and everything is questionable. Is the boyfriend a psycho ex-con with murder on the brain or a damaged youngster trying to straighten out his twisted family tree? And is the daughter simply his nympho sex-kitten companion in crime or really a fragile kid, trying to block out horrific memories of bad acid and an unspeakable sex crime?
The zebra-striped hearse by Ross Macdonald( Book )

66 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isobel Blackwell comes calling on private investigator Lew Archer unexpectedly, just minutes before her husband is scheduled to meet with the detective. She is concerned about her stepdaughter, Harriet. The young woman is about to come into a large trust fund, and she wants to marry a handsome, penniless artist named Burke Damis. Isobel has no objection to the marriage, but Harriet's father, Colonel Blackwell, is staunchly opposed. He asks Archer to investigate Damis, and Archer agrees, partly because he's attracted to Mrs. Blackwell. Murders past and present crowd the investigation as various leads take Archer to Mexico, Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles
The far side of the dollar by Ross Macdonald( Book )

76 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in 11 languages and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Has Tom Hillman run away from his exclusive reform school, or has he been kidnapped? Are his wealthy parents protecting him or their own guilty secrets? And why does every clue lead Lew Archer to an abandoned Hollywood hotel, where starlets and sailors once rubbed shoulders with grifters--and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse
The moving target by Ross Macdonald( Book )

54 editions published between 1949 and 2010 in 12 languages and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Lew Archer investigates the kidnapping of Southern California millionaire Ralph Sampson, he is drawn from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to the casual violence of seedy jazz joints
Archer at large by Ross Macdonald( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Three of the finest Macdonald thrillers are reissued in this superb collection, a companion volume to the Archer in Hollywood omnibus of 1967"--
The Galton case by Ross Macdonald( Book )

68 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family's fortune. Now Anthony's mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him
Archer in jeopardy by Ross Macdonald( Book )

10 editions published between 1958 and 1988 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Macdonald's unforgettable detective is Lew Archer -- the wearily wise, infinitely resourceful private investigator who so often finds in the tangled past, with its long-buried guilty secrets, a fertile source of clues to the murderous present. Archer, whose very humanity puts him constantly in jeopardy ... He is at his incomparable best in the three splendid novels of suspense brought together here ..." --
The Wycherly woman by Ross Macdonald( Book )

39 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lew Archer has been hired to locate Phoebe Wycherly by her wealthy father, but first Archer must deal with "the Wycherly woman, Phoebe's mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake."--Back cover
Find a victim by Ross Macdonald( Book )

62 editions published between 1954 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dying hitchhiker leads Lew Archer into the dark side of the small town of Las Cruces, California
Meet me at the morgue by Ross Macdonald( Book )

21 editions published between 1953 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The boy was kidnapped shortly before nine o'clock on a Saturday morning. The ransom letter was delivered by the mailman at nine-thirty. One of the kidnappers was dead before noon. These events were a challenge to Howard Cross, the head of the county probation department. For the man who drove away with the boy was on probation, and Cross believed in him. Spurred by this and his interest in the boy's mother, Cross goes into the Los Angeles underworld in search of the men and motives behind the crimes." --
Blue City by Ross Macdonald( Book )

33 editions published between 1947 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Weather came back from the war to find that during his absence his father -- one-time mayor of Blue City -- had been murdered. His stepmother is involved with some pretty unsavory characters. The police and local politicos are hardly above reproach, and all in all Weather has a rough time of it. But of course he wins through in the end." --
The way some people die by Ross Macdonald( Book )

67 editions published between 1951 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hired by Mrs. Samuel Lawrence to find her wandering daughter, Galatea, who had been last seen driving off with small-time gangster Joe Tarantine, private investigator Lew Archer follows a trail of death and mayhem that takes him from the slum alleys of Southern California to the luxury of a Palm Springs resort to a San Francisco drug peddler's shabby room
The ivory grin by Ross Macdonald( Book )

64 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he's being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks the wayward maid to a ramshackle motel in a seedy, run-down small town, but finds her dead in her tiny room, with her throat slit from ear to ear. Archer digs deeper into the case and discovers a web of deceit and intrigue, with crazed number-runners from Detroit, gorgeous triple-crossing molls, and a golden-boy shipping heir who's gone mysteriously missing."--Publisher
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The drowning pool
Alternative Names

Macdonald, John 1915-1983

MacDonald, John Ross

Macdonald, John Ross 1915-1983

MacDonald, Ross 1915-1983

Makdonalʹd, Ross 1915-1983

Makdonaldas, R. 1915-1983

Makdonaldas, R. (Rosas), 1915-1983

Makdonaldas, Rosas 1915-1983

Millar, Kenn 1915-1983

Millar, Kenneth

Millar, Kenneth 1915-1983

The underground manThe goodbye lookSleeping beauty / Ross MacdonaldThe chillBlack moneyThe drowning poolThe instant enemyThe zebra-striped hearse