View Full Version : Ross MacDonald recommendations, please
Paul A J Lewis
05-21-2009, 08:10 PM
I'm midway through reading MacDonald's 1976 novel BLUE HAMMER, which as I understand it is the last novel that he completed before his death in 1983. I've only had limited exposure to MacDonald's work before, but I'm really enjoying THE BLUE HAMMER.
I've got copies of THE WAY SOME PEOPLE DIE and BLACK MONEY sitting on my shelves, waiting to be read.
Would any kind Maniacs care to make any more Ross MacDonald recommendations? What's THE UNDERGROUND MAN like? What about THE BARBAROUS COAST?
05-26-2009, 07:22 PM
The Underground Man is one of my favorite Lew Archer novels. The Drowning Pool is another good one off the top of my head.
05-26-2009, 10:01 PM
I like the Zebra Striped Hearse. The Drowning Pool is pretty good, too. There is another one but the name escapes. I'll have to dig to find it.
05-27-2009, 10:39 AM
Back in the 70's I found a bunch of Archer novels in Omnibus style hardcovers. Usually they contained 3 novels and I bought them at fifty cents apiece. They're long gone now.
The Name Is Archer is a collection of short stories which may be to your liking.
05-27-2009, 10:42 AM
05-27-2009, 10:56 AM
I know some reviewers said his early style was too similar to Hammett and Chandler but I really like stuff like The Moving Target, The Galton Case, The Barbarous Coast, etc. His big theme was the search by children for their lost fathers (seemingly autobiographical) starting around The Galton Case.
Randy Thomas G
05-27-2009, 11:31 PM
THE WAY SOME PEOPLE DIE is very good, I also liked BLACK MONEY and THE UNDERGROUND MAN. I think his prose style is probably the best of all the early detective writers.
Paul A J Lewis
05-31-2009, 06:38 PM
Thanks, chaps. I think I'll plump (gradually, over the next month or two) for THE UNDERGROUND MAN, THE DROWNING POOL (how could I forget that one?), THE CHILL and THE BARBAROUS COAST, which funnily enough were the books that I was considering buying anyway--they're all lined up in my shopping basket on Amazon UK.
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