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John Ross Macdonald (1915–1983)

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Ross Macdonald, whose real name was Kenneth Millar, was born on December 13, 1915, in Los Gatos, California, to Canadian parents. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and a master's degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan. During World War näytä lisää II, he served as a communications officer on a United States Navy escort carrier. His first book, The Dark Tunnel, was published in 1944 under his real name. He was best known for the Lew Archer Mystery series. Two of the books in the series, The Moving Target renamed Harper, and The Drowning Pool, were adapted into movies starring Paul Newman. Macdonald died of Alzheimer's disease on July 11, 1983 at the age of 67. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Kasvot vedessä (1950) 829 kappaletta
Liikkuva maali (1949) 767 kappaletta
Tappotuomio (1964) 740 kappaletta
Takapiru (1971) 723 kappaletta
Sininen syke (1976) 697 kappaletta
Rouva Galtonin perillinen (1959) 694 kappaletta
Pimeää rahaa (1966) 579 kappaletta
Jäähyväiskatse (1969) 553 kappaletta
Harriet on iso tyttö (1962) 544 kappaletta
Huuleton hymy (1952) 535 kappaletta
Dollarin nurja puoli (1965) 517 kappaletta
Nukkuva kaunotar (1973) 509 kappaletta
Kumma tapa kuolla (1951) 498 kappaletta
Etsi uhrisi (1954) 447 kappaletta
Rikas tyttöparka (1961) 436 kappaletta
Barbaarirannikko (1956) 424 kappaletta
Hyvää käteistä rahaa (1968) 397 kappaletta
Tuomitsijat (1958) 388 kappaletta
Tavataan ruumishuoneella (1953) 318 kappaletta
Nimi on Archer (1955) 292 kappaletta
Blue City : likainen kaupunki (1947) 247 kappaletta
Fergusonin tapaus (1960) 224 kappaletta
Valheen pitkät jäljet (1948) 198 kappaletta
The Dark Tunnel (1944) 170 kappaletta
Trouble Follows Me (1946) 137 kappaletta
The Archer Files (2007) 125 kappaletta
Archer at Large (1970) 111 kappaletta
Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels (2017) 92 kappaletta
Archer in Jeopardy (1979) 74 kappaletta
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 70 kappaletta
Archer, P.I. (1977) 64 kappaletta
Archer in Hollywood (1967) 64 kappaletta
The Drowning Pool [1975 film] (1975) — Original novel — 20 kappaletta
On Crime Writing (1973) 17 kappaletta
Midnight Blue (2010) 14 kappaletta
Der Drahtzieher. (1999) 13 kappaletta
The Imaginary Blonde (1953) 13 kappaletta
The Guilty Ones (2009) 11 kappaletta
Einer lügt immer (1999) 11 kappaletta
Famous Edinburgh Crimes (1981) 7 kappaletta
Guilt-Edged Blonde 6 kappaletta
Kadonnut neito (1995) 4 kappaletta
O alvo móvel (2007) 3 kappaletta
The Faulkner Investigation (1985) 2 kappaletta
Pozegnalne Spojrzenie (2007) 2 kappaletta
Sunset boulevard (1992) 2 kappaletta
Lew Archer story (1991) 2 kappaletta
Chłód 1 kappale
Potępieni 1 kappale
Lewe pieniądze 1 kappale
A Costa Maldita (1987) 1 kappale
Los malignos (2013) 1 kappale
Barbarské pobřeží (2000) 1 kappale
The Bearded Lady (2021) 1 kappale
Liikkuva maali 1 kappale
Lew Archer 1 kappale
Gone Girl 1 kappale
The Suicide 1 kappale
Wild Goose Chase 1 kappale
ROMANZI 1 kappale
The Lew Archer omnibus (1997) 1 kappale
Sämtliche Detektivstories (1976) 1 kappale
La mineure en fugue (1971) 1 kappale
Okrutne wybrzeże (2007) 1 kappale
Must raha : [romaan] (2002) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Avustaja — 457 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Avustaja — 236 kappaletta
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Avustaja — 193 kappaletta
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Avustaja — 184 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 181 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories (1988) — Avustaja — 164 kappaletta
Pahan palkka : vuosisadan parhaat jännityskertomukset (2001) — Avustaja — 154 kappaletta
The Master's Choice (1979) — Avustaja — 150 kappaletta
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Avustaja — 146 kappaletta
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Month of Mystery (1968) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta
A New Omnibus of Crime (2005) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (2002) — Avustaja — 81 kappaletta
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Avustaja — 80 kappaletta
Great American Mystery Stories of the 20th Century (1989) — Avustaja — 77 kappaletta
Pulp Fictions: Hardboiled Stories (1996) — Säveltäjä — 70 kappaletta
A Treasury of Modern Mysteries in Two Volumes (1973) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta
A Treasury of Modern Mysteries, Volume 1 (1973) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Mystery Novels (1987) — Avustaja — 59 kappaletta
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (2010) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
Harper [1966 film] (1966) — Novel — 44 kappaletta
Antologia del Relato Policial (Aula de Literatura) (1991) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
Merchants of Menace: An Anthology of Mystery Stories (1969) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
It's All One Case: The Illustrated Ross Macdonald Archives (2016) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
Maiden Murders (1952) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Kriminallitteraturen / 11 essays (1978) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
6 parasta (1977) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Manhunt, Vol. 1, No. 10, October 1953 (1953) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Detectiveverhalen 2 (1964) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Oh, I don't know. It dragged on for me. It felt a little like imitation Hammett or Chandler. It seemed concocted. I can't decide if I liked the ending. I guess I prefer just rereading old Maigret stories.
 
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dvoratreis | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2024 |
Stopped reading about 15 pages in, when the protagonist and a few other characters started having an incredibly racist discussion. I don't need to spend time with these kinds of characters.
 
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rabbitprincess | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 6, 2024 |
From the looks of other reviews, mine is a minority viewpoint, so be warned: but I found the first two-thirds of this book boring—something I would never have said about any of the previous eight books in the Archer series. The main characters are flat and uninteresting. The minor characters are (mostly) described without the zing that I'm used to supporting characters getting in other of Macdonald's books. The commentary is cookie-cutter wry rather than witty or surprising. And too many conversations read like depositions.

Then, around chapter 20, the author wakes up and remembers who he is. The characters start to live like real people and the similes start to fly like they should in a good noir thriller:

"A fuller moon than last night's was rising behind the trees. It gleamed through their branches like a woman's breast pressing against wrought iron."

"I glanced up at her tense small face: she looked like a bunny after a hard Easter."

The solution starts coming into place and it's admirably complex, surprising, yet right and believable. A four-star ending after a three-star beginning.
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½
 
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john.cooper | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 7, 2024 |
Many critics consider this to be Ross Macdonald's finest book, and Macdonald himself professed to agree...perhaps because of the general consensus among critics. I love his work, and this is a good book, but it's not in my top three (The Wycherly Woman, The Chill and The Underground Man, in that order). The fact is that critics are partial to Black Money because it nods self-consciously to Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and such allusions are considered the height of sophistication in the literary world. In a very real sense, Macdonald wrote this novel for the critics after a couple of them had disparaged certain elements of The Chill. Artists are sensitive, and I guess it's not surprising that Macdonald responded to criticism by trying to prove that he could produce a "serious" book, but he needn't have bothered. He was already a first-class writer, and didn't have to demonstrate that to a bunch of stuffy literary people whose readership was a tiny fraction of his own. Like I said, Black Money is good, but I think Macdonald may have overvalued it a little falsely. (Even as he proclaimed this his best novel, however, he had to concede that The Chill contained his finest plotting.) Also, there are a few instances of editorial sloppiness--a rare phenomenon in Macdonald's oeuvre--which deny this book a place among the top tier of his work, in my opinion.

The back cover synopsis for Bantam's 1973 paperback edition tries hard to convey the impression that Macdonald had suddenly turned into Mickey Spillane, and it's downright hilarious: "Lew Archer made a deal with fat little Rich Boy at the posh Montevista Tennis Club. Seems Rich Boy had lost his beautiful fiancée to a stranger with a suspiciously phony French accent. So Rich Boy hired Archer to retrieve the runaway fiancée. Sounded like a fast, clean bundle for old, broke Archer..." You have to wonder who wrote that. (It certainly wasn't Macdonald.) Maybe the publisher was apprehensive about the book's literary pretensions and felt the need to compensate with an overtly hard-boiled teaser?

Black Money is a standard Archer novel in nearly every measurable sense. (And it happens to contain one of Macdonald's most painfully beautiful sentences: "His expression turned faraway, further and further away, as if his mind was climbing back over the curve of time to the source of his life.") The casual reader probably won't even notice the allusions to Gatsby, and those who have enjoyed Macdonald's other books will like this one, too. But it's emphatically not the best thing he ever wrote.
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½
 
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Jonathan_M | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 18, 2024 |

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Margaret Millar Contributor

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