Ross MacDonald

1 The Moving Target

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1998-03-03
Description :  The first book in Ross Macdonald's acclaimed Lew Archer series introduces the detective who redefined the role of the American private eye and gave the crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity only hinted at before.<br /><br />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&amp;M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping.<br /><br />As Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to jazz joints where you get beaten up between sets, <b>The Moving Target</b> blends sex, greed, and family hatred into an explosively readable crime novel.

2 The Chill

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1996-06-03
Description :  In <i>The Chill </i>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. What ensues is a detective novel of nerve-racking suspense, desperately believable characters, and one of the most intricate plots ever spun by an American crime writer.

3 The Drowning Pool

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1983-09-01
Description :  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 <i>The Drowning Pool</i>, 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.

4 The Imaginary Blonde

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2010-06-27
Description :  Lew Archer was in a dismal mood when he checked into a sleepy motel. He had just lost the man he was trailing and then got into a crazy highway chase with a Cadillac. Now he just wanted to get some sleep. But his thoughts of sleep ended when a screaming brunette woke him with her screams and a hand covered in blood. It looked like a murder, but where was the victim? And Lew Archer only had one suspect―an imaginary blonde that nobody seems to have seen.

5 The Blue Hammer

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1976-05-12
Description :  The desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness and only Detective Lew Archer can make sense of a killer who makes murder a work of art.<br /><br />Finding a purloined portrait of a leggy blonde was supposed to be an easy paycheck for 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.

6 The Greek Myths

Author : Robert Graves, Rick Riordan & Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables  Books  Fiction & Literature  Nonfiction  Social Science  Reference 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-04-24
Description :  <b>Robert Graves, classicist, poet, and unorthodox critic, retells the Greek legends of gods and heroes for a modern audience&#xa0;</b><br /><br />And, in the two volumes of <i>The Greek Myths</i>, he demonstrates with a dazzling display of relevant knowledge that Greek Mythology is “no more mysterious in content than are modern election cartoons.” His work covers, in nearly two hundred sections, the creation myths; the legends of the births and lives of the great Olympians; the Theseus, Oedipus, and Heracles cycles; the Argonaut voyage; the tale of Troy, and much more.<br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; All the scattered elements of each myth have been assembled into a harmonious narrative, and many variants are recorded which may help to determine its ritual or historical meaning, Full references to the classical sources, and copious indexes, make the book as valuable to the scholar as to the general reader; and a full commentary on each myth explains and interprets the classical version in the light of today’s archaeological and anthropological knowledge.

7 The Underground Man

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1996-11-26
Description :  As a mysterious fire rages through&#xa0;the hills above a privileged town in&#xa0;Southern California, Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping.&#xa0; What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder—and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline.&#xa0; <i>The Underground Man </i>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.<br /><br />If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler, it was Ross Macdonald.&#xa0; 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.&#xa0; 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.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

8 The Way Some People Die

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-07-10
Description :  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. Described as ‘crazy for men’ and without discrimination, she was last seen driving off with small-time gangster Joe Tarantine, a hophead hood with a rep for violence. Archer traces the hidden trail from San Francisco slum alleys to the luxury of Palm Springs, traveling through an urban wilderness of drugs and viciousness. 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.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

9 The Zebra-Striped Hearse

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1998-03-03
Description :  Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all Archer is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law's—and Archer's—in a powerful, fast-paced novel of murder on the California coast.

10 The Guilty Ones

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2010-09-01
Description :  Lew Archer didn't like his client, J. Reginald Harlan, M.A. Of course Archer generally didn't like people whose names started with a single syllable. Harlan hired Lew to find his sister. A respectable school mistress that has run off with a bohemian artist type. But he finds more than what he expected when he has a corpse litterally dumped on him!

11 Black Money

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1996-06-03
Description :  When Lew Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who's run off with his client's girlfriend, it looks like a simple case of alienated affections. Things look different when the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts. <i>Black Money</i> is Ross Macdonald at his finest, baring the skull beneath the untanned skin of Southern California's high society.

12 The Doomsters

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-12-04
Description :  Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political dynasty, detective Lew Archer investigates the suspicious deaths of his parents, Senator Hallman and his wife Alicia. Arriving in the sleepy town of Purissima, Archer discovers that orange groves may be where the Hallmans made their mint, but they’ve has been investing heavily in political intimidation and police brutality to shore up their rancid wealth. However, after years of dastardly double-crossing and low down dirty-dealing, the family seem to be on the receiving end of a karmic death-blow. With two dead already and another consigned to the nuthouse, Archer races to crack the secret before another Hallman lands on the slab.Murder, madness and greed grace <i>The Doomsters</i>, where a tony façade masks the rot and corruption within.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

13 Sleeping Beauty

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1984-11-01
Description :  In <b>Sleeping Beauty</b>, Lew Archer finds himself the confidant of a <br />wealthy, violent family with a load of trouble on their hands--including an oil spill, a missing girl, a lethal dose of Nembutal, a six-figure ransom, and a stranger afloat, face down, off a private beach. Here is Ross Macdonald's masterful tale of buried memories, the consequences of arrogance, and the anguished relations between parents and their children. Riveting, gritty, tautly written, <b>Sleeping Beauty</b> is crime fiction at its best.<br /><br />If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is 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 pre-decessors 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.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

14 The Far Side of the Dollar

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1996-11-26
Description :  In <i>The Far Side of the Dollar</i>, private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school—and into the arms of kidnappers. Why are his desperate parents so loath to give Archer the information he needs to find him? And why do all trails lead to a derelict Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed elbows with two-bit grifters—and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse? The result is Ross Macdonald at his most exciting, delivering 1,000-volt shocks to the nervous system while uncovering the venality and depravity at the heart of the case.

15 The Ivory Grin

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1988-08-01
Description :  Traveling from sleazy motels to stately seaside manors, <i>The Ivory Grin </i>is one of Lew Archer's most violent and macabre cases ever.<br />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.

16 The Goodbye Look

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2000-12-05
Description :  In <b>The Goodbye Look</b>, Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The prime suspect, their son Nick, has a talent for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a family with money and memories to burn. As Archer zeros in on Nick, he discovers a troubled blonde, a stash of wartime letters, a mysterious hobo. Then a stiff turns up in a car on an empty beach. And Nick turns up with a Colt .45. In <b>The Goodbye Look</b>, Ross Macdonald delves into the world of the rich and the troubled and reveals that the past has a deadly way of catching up to the present.<br /><br />If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is 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 pre-decessors 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.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

17 Find a Victim

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2001-08-14
Description :  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. A hijacked truck full of liquor and an evidence box full of marijuana, $20,000 from a big-time bank heist by a small-time crook, corruption, adultery, incest, prodigal daughters, and abused wives all make the little town seem a lot more interesting than any guide book ever could. And as the murder rate rises, Archer finds himself caught up in mystery where everyone is a suspect and everyone’s a victim.

18 Midnight Blue

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Short Stories 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2010-06-26
Description :  Lew Archer was out for a little target practice. Just a deserted old estate in the canyon where Archer could get away from the Hollywood rat race and sharpen his shooting skills down in the meadow. But he found two things there he wasn’t expecting. One was a crazy old vagrant that had set up in dilapidated gatehouse. And two was a glittering red object on the ground. It was a red enameled fingernail that just happens to still be attached to its owner. A young blonde who was strangled, buried and very much dead. Now Lew Archer’s chance to get away from it all, just got away. And the wild old vagrant has decided to runaway too!

19 The Wycherly Woman

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1998-03-03
Description :  Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly--or for someone to make her disappear. Before he can find the Wycherly girl, Archer has to deal with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe's mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who keeps too many residences, has too many secrets, and leaves too many corpses in her wake.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

20 The Instant Enemy

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2008-04-08
Description :  Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel.&#xa0;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 &amp; 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?

21 The Dark Tunnel

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-01-22
Description :  <b>On the home front, two wartime lovers reunite under a cloud of paranoia in this thriller from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ross Macdonald</b><br /> In 1937 Munich, an American must be careful when he smokes his pipe. Robert Branch, a careless academic, makes the mistake of lighting up when the Führer is about to begin a procession, and nearly gets pummeled for his mistake. Only the timely intervention of Ruth Esch, a flame-haired actress, saves him. So begins a month-long romance between East and West—a torrid affair that ends when the lovers make the mistake of defending a Jew, earning Branch a beating and Esch a trip to a concentration camp.&#xa0;Six years later, Esch escapes to Vichy and makes her way to Detroit. To her surprise, Branch is waiting for her. He is a professor, working for the war effort, and his paranoia about a spy inside the Motor City war board sours their reunion. Once again, a dangerous net is encircling these lovers—a reminder that, in this war, love always comes second to death.<br /> “A story told with consummate skill.” —<i>The New York Times</i>&#xa0;“No once since Macdonald has written with such poetic inevitability about people, their secret cares, their emotional scars, their sadness, cowardice, and courage. He reminded the rest of us of what was possible in our genre.” —John Lutz, author of <i>Single White Female</i>&#xa0;“The greatest mystery novelist of his age, I would argue, even greater than Chandler.” —John Connolly, author of <i>Every Dead Thing</i><br /> Ross Macdonald was a pseudonym for Kenneth Millar (1915–1983), an author of detective fiction best known for creating the character of Lew Archer, a California PI. Born in California, Millar lived in Ontario, Canada, until his father abandoned his mother, uprooting the family and forcing them to move again and again over the next few years—a formative experience that would often be echoed in Millar’s work. While attending the University of Michigan, Millar began writing pulp fiction, publishing his first novel, <i>The Dark Tunnel</i>, in 1944.&#xa0;Millar introduced Lew Archer, the tough-but-sensitive private detective, in the 1946 short story “Find the Woman.” <i>The Moving Target</i> (1949) was the first of more than a dozen Lew Archer novels, which established Millar as one of the finest crime novelists of his day. He is often included in the “holy trinity of detective fiction,” along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.&#xa0;&#xa0;

22 The Archer Files

Author : Ross MacDonald & Tom Nolan
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-07-21
Description :  No matter what cases private eye Lew Archer takes on—a burglary, a runaway, or a disappeared person—the trail always leads to tangled family secrets and murder. Widely considered the heir to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Archer dug up secrets and bodies in and around Los Angeles.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Here, <i>The Archer Files</i> collects all the Lew Archer short stories ever published, along with thirteen unpublished “case notes” and a fascinating biographical profile of Archer by Edgar Award finalist Tom Nolan. Ross Macdonald’s signature staccato prose is the real star throughout this collection, which is both a perfect introduction for the newcomer and a must-have for the Macdonald aficionado.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

23 The Doomsters

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2014-11-13
Description :  Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political dynasty, detective Lew Archer investigates the suspicious deaths of his parents, Senator Hallman and his wife Alicia. Arriving in the sleepy town of Purissima, Archer discovers that orange groves may be where the Hallmans made their mint, but they’ve has been investing heavily in political intimidation and police brutality to shore up their rancid wealth. However, after years of dastardly double-crossing and low down dirty-dealing, the family seem to be on the receiving end of a karmic death-blow. With two dead already and another consigned to the nuthouse, Archer races to crack the secret before another Hallman lands on the slab.Murder, madness and greed grace The Doomsters, where a tony façade masks the rot and corruption within.

24 Trouble Follows Me

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-01-22
Description :  <b>In the last days of World War II, a sailor discovers a transcontinental conspiracy</b><br />It is February 1945, and the war in the Pacific is nearing its climax. In Hawaii on his way to a new post, US Navy ensign Sam Drake stumbles across the girl of his dreams. Mary is a disc jockey, with a voice that’s famous across the islands for playing late-night jazz that no young lover can resist. Before he can follow this modern siren home, they go to check on Mary’s coworker Sue—but that lovely young lady will never spin another record.&#xa0;They find her strung up and dangling outside the window of a bathroom, her face twisted into an ugly mask. The police call it suicide, but Sam is not so sure. Few beautiful women, even suicidal ones, are willing to be so hideous in death. Looking into Sue’s past, he finds another corpse—and a dangerous conspiracy that stretches all the way back to his Motor City home.<br />“No once since Macdonald has written with such poetic inevitability about people, their secret cares, their emotional scars, their sadness, cowardice, and courage. He reminded the rest of us of what was possible in our genre.” —John Lutz, author of <i>Single White Female</i>&#xa0;“[The] American private eye, immortalized by Hammett, refined by Chandler, brought to its zenith by Macdonald.” —<i>The New York Times</i>&#xa0;“The greatest mystery novelist of his age, I would argue, even greater than Chandler.” —John Connolly, author of <i>Every Dead Thing</i><br />Ross Macdonald was a pseudonym for Kenneth Millar (1915–1983), an author of detective fiction best known for creating the character of Lew Archer, a California PI. Born in California, Millar lived in Ontario, Canada, until his father abandoned his mother, uprooting the family and forcing them to move again and again over the next few years—a formative experience that would often be echoed in Millar’s work. While attending the University of Michigan, Millar began writing pulp fiction, publishing his first novel, <i>The Dark Tunnel</i>, in 1944.&#xa0;Millar introduced Lew Archer, the tough-but-sensitive private detective, in the 1946 short story “Find the Woman.” <i>The Moving Target</i> (1949) was the first of more than a dozen Lew Archer novels, which established Millar as one of the finest crime novelists of his day. He is often included in the “holy trinity of detective fiction,” along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.&#xa0;&#xa0; &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;

25 Boys of Steel

Author : Marc Tyler Nobleman & Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Comics & Graphic Novels  Books  Young Adult  Fiction  Biography 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2008-07-22
Description :  Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two high school misfits in Depression-era Cleveland, were more like Clark Kent--meek, mild, and myopic--than his secret identity, Superman. Both boys escaped into the worlds of science fiction and pulp magazine adventure tales. Jerry wrote his own original stories and Joe illustrated them. In 1934, the summer they graduated from high school, they created a superhero who was everything they were not. It was four more years before they convinced a publisher to take a chance on their Man of Steel in a new format--the comic book. The author includes a provocative afterword about the long struggle Jerry and Joe had with DC Comics when the boys realized they had made a mistake in selling all rights to Superman for a mere $130.<br />

26 Blue City

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1988-12-12
Description :  He was a son who hadn’t known his father very well.&#xa0; It was a town shaken by a grisly murder—his father’s murder.&#xa0; Johnny Weatherly was home from a war and wandering.&#xa0; When he found out that his father had been assassinated on a street corner and that his father’s seductive young wife had inherited a fortune, he started knocking on doors.&#xa0; The doors came open, and Johnny stepped into a world of gamblers, whores, drug-dealers, and blackmailers, a place in which his father had once moved freely.&#xa0; Now Johnny Weatherly was going to solve this murder—by pitting his rage, his courage, and his lost illusions against the brutal underworld that has overtaken his hometown.

27 Archer In Jeopardy

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-11-13
Description :  Ross MacDonald&#39;s unforgettable detective is Lew Archer. The wearily wise, infintely resourceful private investigator who so often finds in the tangled past, with its lonog-buried guilty secrets, a fertile source of clues to the murderous present. Archer, whose very humanity puts him constantly in jeopardy, is &#34;a distinguished creation,&#34; Endora Welty has said, &#34;an attractive figure...He is of today, one of ours.&#34; He is his incomparable best in the three splendid novels of suspense brought together here: &#34;The Doomsters,&#34; &#34;The Zebra-Striped Hearse&#34; and &#34;The Instant Enemy.&#34;

28 The Ferguson Affair

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2010-12-07
Description :  It was a long way from the million-dollar Foothill Club to Pelly Street, where grudges were settled in blood and Spanish and a stolen diamond ring landed a girl in jail.&#xa0; Defense lawyer Bill Gunnarson was making the trip—fast.&#xa0; He already knew a kidnapping at the club was tied to the girl's hot rock, and he suspected that a missing Hollywood starlet was the key to a busy crime ring.&#xa0; But while Gunnarson made his way through a storm of deception, money, drugs, and passions, he couldn't guess how some big shots and small-timers would all end up with murder in common...

29 Meet Me at the Morgue

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2010-12-07
Description :  Somebody in Pacific Point is guilty of a kidnapping, but what probation officer Howard Cross wants to find most is innocence: in an ex-war hero who has taken a tough manslaughter rap, in a wealthy woman with a heart full of secrets, and in a blue-eyed beauty who has lost her way.&#xa0; The trouble is that the abduction has already turned to murder, and the more Cross pries into the case the further he slips into a pool of violence and evil.&#xa0; Somewhere in the California desert the whole scheme may come down on the wrong man.&#xa0; Somewhere Cross is going to find the last piece of a bloody puzzle—a mystery of blackmail, passion, and hidden identities that might be better left unsolved.

30 The Three Roads

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2011-01-11
Description :  Silken skin pale against dark hair, red lips provocatively smiling at him—that’s how Lieutenant Bret Taylor remembered Lorraine.&#xa0; He was drunk when he married her, stone cold sober when he found her dead.&#xa0; Out on the sunlit streets of L.A. walked the man—her lover, her killer—who had been with her that fatal night.&#xa0; Taylor intended to find him.&#xa0; And when he did, the gun in his pocket would provide the quickest kind of justice.&#xa0; But first Taylor had to find something else: an elusive memory so powerful it drove him down three terrifying roads toward self-destruction—grief, ecstasty, and death.

31 The Galton Case

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1996-11-26
Description :  Lew Archer returns in this gripping mystery, widely recognized as one of acclaimed mystery writer Ross Macdonald's very best,&#xa0;about the search for the long lost heir of the wealthy Galton family.<br />&#xa0;<br />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. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton's son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them. Devious and poetic, <b>The Galton Case</b> displays MacDonald at the pinnacle of his form.

32 The Barbarous Coast

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Hard-Boiled  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-12-04
Description :  The beautiful, high-diving blonde had Hollywood dreams and stars in her eyes but now she seems to have disappeared without a trace. Hired by her hotheaded husband and her rummy “uncle,” Lew Archer sniffs around Malibu and finds the stink of blackmail, blood-money, and murder on every pricey silk shirt. Beset by dirty cops, a bumptious boxer turned silver screen pretty boy and a Hollywood mogul with a dark past, Archer discovers the secret of a grisly murder that just won't stay hidden.Lew Archer navigates through the watery, violent world of wealth and privilege, in this electrifying story of obsession gone mad.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

33 Hit the Road, Jack

Author : Robert Burleigh & Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Culture, Places & People  Books  Kids  Fiction 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-01-15
Description :  In this delightful picture book, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s <i>On the Road</i>, a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country reveals—from hopping on the subway in New York City to playing a jukebox in Chicago, and from gazing at Mount Rushmore to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry, <i>Hit the Road, Jack</i> is an exuberant story of experiencing all the country has to offer with wide-eyed awe.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Hit the Road, Jack</i></b><br /><b>STARRED REVIEW</b><br />"It’s not a biography or an introduction to Kerouac’s work; instead, it’s a tribute to his spirit and his era."<br />—<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review<br /><br />"MacDonald’s golden-hued watercolors and pencil crayons present 1940s America as something of a paradise, with the neon diner signs and jazz clubs just as beautiful as the rolling hills and majestic mountains..."<br />—<i>Booklist</i><br /><br />"Joining the ranks of such age- and genre-defying picture books.. is this homage to Jack Kerouac."<br />—<i>The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books</i><br /><br />"The book pays homage to Kerouac while encouraging a love of the country, writing and wanderlust through Jack."<br />—<i>Reading Today<br /><br /></i>"The illustrations look like something out of a 1950s picture book, and everything — the poetry and the drawings — convey a sense of exuberance and excitement.” <i><br /></i>—<i>Wired's Geek Dad<br /><br /></i>“Burleigh’s writing has a wonderful rhythm and the book reads aloud beautifully.”<i><br /></i>—<i>Library Media Connection</i>

34 El caso Galton

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2014-10-10
Description :  Localizar al heredero desaparecido de una de las mayores fortunas de California puede parecer una tarea rutinaria y carente de interés. Pero cuando se contrata a un detective tan dispuesto a remover cimientos como Lew Archer, uno se arriesga a darse de bruces con verdades incómodas.<br /> Un asesinato reciente, una historia demasiado perfecta y el misterio de un esqueleto descabezado veinte años atrás pondrán a Archer ante una sórdida conspiración enterrada en el lodo del olvido que amenaza con sacudir el presente tal y como lo conocemos.<br /><br /><b>Ross Macdonald</b> (Los Gatos, 1915 - Santa Bárbara, 1983)<br />Es el <b>pseudónimo de Kenneth Millar</b>, uno de los autores clave de la <b>literatura negra norteamericana. Doctor en Literatura por la Universidad de Michigan, inició su carrera literaria durante la primera mitad de los años cuarenta en revistas de bajo presupuesto, valiéndose de la influencia de autores como Dashiell Hammett y Raymond Chandler, de quienes ha sido considerado el más brillante heredero. Su primera novela, <i>The dark tunnel</i> (1944), marcó el inicio de una prolífica carrera que le coronó como uno de los mayores creadores de literatura policíaca del siglo XX.</b>

35 The Food Snob's Dictionary

Author : David Kamp, Marion Rosenfeld & Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Reference  Books  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Methods  Reference  Dictionaries & Thesauruses 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2007-10-09
Description :  Food Snob <i>n:</i> reference term for the sort of food obsessive for whom the actual joy of eating and cooking is but a side dish to the accumulation of arcane knowledge about these subjects<br /><br />From the author of<i> The United States of Arugula</i>--and coauthor of<i> The Film Snob’s Dictionary</i> and<i> The Rock Snob’s Dictionary</i>--a delectable compendium of food facts, terminology, and famous names that gives ordinary folk the wherewithal to take down the Food Snobs--or join their zealous ranks.<br /><br />Open a menu and there they are, those confusing references to “grass-fed” beef, “farmstead” blue cheese, and “dry-farmed” fruits. It doesn’t help that your dinner companions have moved on to such heady topics as the future of the organic movement, or the seminal culinary contributions of Elizabeth Drew and Fernand Point. David Kamp, who demystified the worlds of rock and film for grateful readers, explains it all and more, in<i> The Food Snobs Dictionary</i>.<br /><br />Both entertaining and authentically informative,<i> The Food Snob’ s Dictionary</i> travels through the alphabet explaining the buzz-terms that fuel the food-obsessed, from “Affinage” to “Zest,” with stops along the way for “Cardoons,” “Fennel Pollen,” and “Sous-Vide,” all served up with a huge and welcome dollop of wit.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

36 Henry's Hand

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Fiction  Books  Kids 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-10-01
Description :  <i>Henry’s Hand </i>is a story about the friendship between Henry, a giant, and his right hand. You see, Henry sometimes has trouble keeping track of his body parts—everything from his ears to one of his legs can fall off. Once, his eye even rolled under the couch and wouldn’t come out until bedtime. But with help from Hand, Henry keeps himself together. In fact, Henry and Hand are the best of friends . . . that is, until Henry takes Hand for granted, pushes him too far, and Hand runs away. A charming tale of friendship, forgiveness, and loyalty, <i>Henry’s Hand </i>is also a quirky story for readers of all ages, especially those of us who know what it feels like to fight with your best friend. <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Henry's Hand</i></b><br /> “A charming story with wonderful illustrations—give Ross and Henry a hand!”<br /> —<b>Patrick McDonnell</b>, Caldecott Honor–winning author/illustrator of <i>Me . . . Jane</i> and creator of <i>Mutts</i><br /><br /> “Clever, moving, and funny. What more can you ask for in a beautifully illustrated children’s book?”<br /> —<b>Graydon Carter</b>, editor of <i>Vanity Fair</i> and father of five<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “In Ross MacDonald’s world, fiendishly silly things happen as a matter of course. In <i>Henry’s Hand</i>, our weirdly lovable hero is falling apart—literally—and chasing after the pieces. Only Henry is more human than he appears to be—which can’t always be said about the rest of us!”<br /> —<b>David Small</b>, author/illustrator of <i>Stitches</i>, a National Book Award finalist and #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller<br /><br /> "Henry's Hand is funny and sweet, but creepily crazy enough to delight any young monster-lover. It delighted me."<br /> —<b>Paul O. Zelinsky</b>, three-time Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator<br /><br /> <b>STARRED REVIEW </b><br /> "A good old-fashioned man/appendage love story for the ages… Kids will come for the monster and the disembodied hand. They’ll stay for the story."<br /> —<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review<br /><br /> "All the pieces are in place, as it were, and MacDonald sets them in motion in a melodramatic plot that wraps up with a reunion worthy of applause—with both hands."<br /> —<i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /><br /> "It’s a ridiculous and bizarre concept, but also filled with a lot of heart."<br /> —<i>School Library Journal</i><br /><br /> "Fresh and quirky tale about the bumps that occur even in the best of friendships."<br /> —<i>The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books</i><br /><br /> <b>Award</b><br /> A Junior Library Guild Selection<br /> 2013 Parents' Choice Award - Recommended

37 Κινούμενος στόχος

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-09-24
Description :  Όπως πολλοί εκατομμυριούχοι στη Νότια Καλιφόρνια, ο Ραλφ Σάμσον έχει περίεργες παρέες: τον ερημίτη που λατρεύει τον ήλιο, στον οποίο ο Σάμσον χάρισε κάποτε ένα βουνό∙ την ξεπεσμένη ηθοποιό που έχει ως πάρεργο την αστρολογία και τη βρίσκει με το σαδομαζοχιστικό σεξ. Τώρα, δεν αποκλείεται κάποιος από τους φίλους του να έχει οργανώσει την απαγωγή του. Και καθώς ο Λιου Άρτσερ ακολουθεί τα ίχνη του πάμπλουτου Σάμσον από το άδυτό του στα φαράγγια της περιοχής ως τα κλαμπάκια της τζαζ, όπου στα διαλείμματα του προγράμματος κινδυνεύεις να φας ένα γερό χέρι ξύλο, ο Κινούμενος Στόχος εξελίσσεται σ’ ένα εκρηκτικό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα που αναμειγνύει το σεξ, την απληστία και το οικογενειακό μίσος.

38 Γαλάζια φλέβα

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-03-10
Description :  1943, έρημος της Αριζόνας: Ένας στρατιώτης που έχει επιστρέψει σπίτι του με άδεια σκοτώνει τον ετεροθαλή του αδελφό και παίρνει τη θέση του, αλλάζοντας όνομα, παίρνοντας τη σύζυγο και οικειοποιούμενος τη φήμη του θύματος ως πολλά υποσχόμενου νεαρού καλλιτέχνη.&#xa0;<br /> Δεκαετία του ’70: ο ντετέκτιβ Λιου Άρτσερ καλείται να βρει το κλεμμένο πορτρέτο μιας ξανθιάς και μπλέκεται σ’ ένα κουβάρι μυστικών και φόνων.

39 What Would Jesus Craft?

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Humor  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Crafts & Hobbies 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-11-03
Description :  <i>What Would Jesus Craft?</i> is a hilarious take on a Sunday school's craft book, featuring 30 simple projects that are all made from commonly found items like popsicle sticks, glitter, yarn, and pipe cleaners.<br /><br />Projects include items for your home, pets, and family and author Ross MacDonald provides clear step-by-step photographs. Now you can finally complete your wardrobe with a "Fedora of Thorns" and "Jesus Jean Jacket" with Christ Almighty emblazoned on your back; your pets will be blessed and protected when they sport a "Be Not Afraid St. Francis Pet Collar" dripping with St. Francis charms and a crucifix; and the light of the Lord will bless every inch of your home with "Let There Be Light Switches," an "Eye-See-You-in-Hell Mirror," a "Time to Obey the Lord Clock," and much, much more!

40 Schwarzgeld

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2016-09-28
Description :  Als im mondänen Tennisclub von Montevista ein Eindringling auftaucht, verlässt Ginny Fablon für ihn den Verlobten. Für Detektiv Archer ein klarer Fall von enttäuschter Liebe – bis Verbindungen auftauchen zu einem Selbstmord und Spielschulden. ›Schwarzgeld‹ ist eine Abrechnung mit dem amerikanischen Traum. Nichts will man in dem Tennisclub, wo die Haut so weiß sein muss wie die Kleidung, mit dunklen Machenschaften zu tun haben – und doch kommt das Geld der Reichen nicht von ungefähr.

41 Unter Wasser stirbt man nicht!

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  Anfangs machen fast alle Aufträge an Lew Archer einen relativ simplen Eindruck. So scheint auch diesmal Routine angesagt, abgesehen davon, daß sich der Privatdetektiv über das Verbot, die zentrale Person zu kontaktieren, hinwegsetzen muß. Nach dem ersten Mord läuft dann der Fall gänzlich aus dem Ruder.

42 Der Drahtzieher

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  Eine sonderbare Frau bittet Privatdetektiv Lew Archer überstürzt um Hilfe. Der Detektiv soll einen Gerichtsprozeß mitverfogen, in dem Glenway Cave Mord an seiner Ehefrau vorgeworfen wird. Vieles bleibt undurchsichtig: Warum rückt der Angeklagte Cave nicht mit seinem Alibi heraus? Warum möchte die mysteriöse Frau nicht als Zeugin auftreten? Drei spannende Krimis um den berühmten Privatdetektiv Lew Archer.

43 Die Küste der Barbaren

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  Basset, der Direktor des exklusiven Channel Club, läßt den Privatdetektiv Lew Archer kommen, weil er vom Journalisten George Wall bedroht wird. Dieser sucht wiederum seine Frau Hester, die vor ihrem mysteriösen Verschwinden beim Channel Club gearbeitet hat. Es folgt eine Odyssee durch Los Angeles, Hollywood und Las Vegas, bei der Egoismus, Gier und Sadismus unter der Oberfläche sichtbar werden.

44 Die Kehrseite des Dollars

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  Kurz nachdem Lew Archer den Auftrag angenommen hat, den verschwundenen Tom Hillman ins Internat zurückzubringen, erscheint Toms Vater verstört auf dem Schulgelände. Er sei gerade erpresst worden. Bei der Suche nach dem Jungen und den Ermittlungen gegen dessen Entführer erweisen sich die wohlhabenden Eltern eigenartigerweise nicht als besonders kooperativ.

45 Durchgebrannt

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  LSD, sexuelle Promiskuität, hilflose Eltern konfrontiert mit verzweifelten Teenagern – Ross Macdonald erforscht die moderne amerikanische Psyche.

46 Blue City

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  John ist aus dem Militärdienst in seine Heimatstadt im mittleren Westen zurückgekehrt. Sein Vater ist inzwischen tot, wie John mitgeteilt wird, ermordet worden. Auf der Suche nach dem Mörder seines Vaters erfährt John mehr und mehr von dessen Vergangenheit.

47 Dornröschen

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  Aus dem Flugzeug bemerkt Detektiv Lew Archer einen Ölteppich vor Pacific Point – eigentlich ein Surferparadies – und gerät, als er dem nachgeht, in einen Sumpf von Familiengeheimnissen. Ross Macdonald wird erst heute so richtig entdeckt als Meister des Plots und der Einfühlung. Ein Krimiklassiker in hochgelobter Neuübersetzung, mit einem Nachwort von Donna Leon.

48 Der Fall Galton

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  Anthony Galton ist vor zwanzig Jahren spurlos verschwunden. Nun soll Lew Archer ihn wiederfinden - im Auftrag der Mutter, einer steinreichen, alternden Frau. Die Indizien, die Archer findet, sind wenig schön - und sie sind gefährlich. Denn noch immer ist jemand bereit, ihretwegen zu töten.

49 Der Untergrundmann

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  Während ein Waldbrand die Küste Kaliforniens bedroht, sucht Detektiv Lew Archer verzweifelt nach dem kleinen Ronny Broadhurst. Geht es um Lösegeld oder um Erpressung in einem Ehekrieg? Erst müssen alte Leichen ausgegraben werden, bevor es Archer gelingt, das ganze Ausmaß des Familiendramas zu enthüllen. Ein Krimiklassiker in hochgelobter Neuübersetzung, mit einem Nachwort von Donna Leon.

50 Geld kostet zuviel

Author : Ross MacDonald
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-01
Description :  »Ross Macdonalds Roman beginnt, wie Bestseller beginnen müssen: Mit einem Fotomodell, einem rätselhaften Einbruch und einer komplizierten Verlobung. Trotzdem ist das Buch hintergründiger, als es Bestseller zu sein pflegen.«



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