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Ross Macdonald

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Ross Macdonald’s real name was Kenneth Millar.  Born near San Francisco in 1915 and raised in Ontario, Millar returned to the U.S. as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. He served as the president of the Mystery Writers of America and was awarded their Grand Master Award as well as the Mystery Writers of Great Britain's Gold Dagger Award.  He died in 1983.

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The Food Snob's Dictionary
An Essential Lexicon of Gastronomical Knowledge
Written by David Kamp and Marion Rosenfeld
Illustrated by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
On Sale: November 4, 2009
Price: $9.99

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The Archer Files

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 2015
Price: $16.00

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The Archer Files

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 2015
Price: $11.99

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The Barbarous Coast

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
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The Barbarous Coast

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Black Money

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
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Black Money

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 15, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Blue City

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00

He was a son who hadn’t known his father very well.  It was a town shaken by a grisly murder–his father’s murder.  Johnny Weatherly was home from a war and wandering.  When he found out that his father had been assassinated on a street corner and that his father’s seductive young... Read more >
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Blue City

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Blue Hammer

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
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The Blue Hammer

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Chill

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $15.00

In The Chill a distraught young man hires 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... Read more >
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The Chill

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 22, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Doomsters

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
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The Doomsters

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 23, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Drowning Pool

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $14.95

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... Read more >
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The Drowning Pool

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Far Side of the Dollar

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Far Side of the Dollar

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $15.00

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The Ferguson Affair

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $15.00

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The Ferguson Affair

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Find a Victim
A Lew Archer Novel
Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $15.00

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Find a Victim
A Lew Archer Novel
Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Galton Case
A Lew Archer Novel
Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $14.95

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... Read more >
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The Galton Case
A Lew Archer Novel
Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 23, 2011
Price: $11.99

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