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Strangers in town : three newly discovered mysteries
Macdonald, Ross, 1915-1983.
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First edition.
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Norfolk, Virgina : Crippen & Landru Publishers, 2001.
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164 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Death by water -- Strangers in town -- The angry man.
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His detective, Lew Archer, is symbolic of the human struggle to make things right, to make sense of who we are.

Author Notes

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 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)

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Booklist Review

Ross Macdonald was the author of the finest "detective novels ever written by an American" according to the New York Times. The statement may be arguable, but no serious student of detective fiction would leave Macdonald out of the top five. His Lew Archer novels evolved the shoot-first-ask-questions-later tough guy into a detective who solved his cases by understanding the people, motives, and context of the crime. This collection--edited by Tom Nolan, who also contributes very informative introductions to each story--brings together three previously unpublished, early Macdonald stories. They feature a familial triangle turned deadly; an altruistic detective who tries to keep a young black man from being convicted of murder; and Lew Archer's efforts to help a schizophrenic client. The last is the best, showcasing a mature Macdonald in fine, melancholy form. Highly recommended for any collection frequented by serious detective buffs. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Macdonald fans will hail Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered Mysteries by Ross Macdonald, edited by his biographer, Tom Nolan. The first story, "Death by Water," stars Macdonald's first detective, Joe Rogers, while two novelettes, "Strangers in Town" and "The Anger Man," feature Lew Archer, his longstanding series hero. For collectors there's a cloth edition signed by the editor for $37. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved