Ross Macdonald

This heady crime novelist created hardboiled private detective Lew Archer.

Ross Macdonald (1915-1983), the pseudonym of writer Kenneth Millar, was the author of the popular Lew Archer mystery series. Often mentioned in the same breath as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Macdonald’s hard-boiled detective novels set in Southern California are considered classic works of the genre. Two of his novels were adapted into movies, both starring Paul Newman. Some of his top titles include Black Money, The Underground Man, and The Chill.

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