The Far Side of the Dollar

In The Far Side of the Dollar, private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school—and into the arms of kidnappers.

The Far Side of the Dollar

The Far Side of the Dollar

In The Far Side of the Dollar, private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school—and into the arms of kidnappers. Why are his desperate parents so loath to give Archer the information he needs to find him? And why do all trails lead to a derelict Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed elbows with two-bit grifters—and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse? The result is Ross Macdonald at his most exciting, delivering 1,000-volt shocks to the nervous system while uncovering the venality and depravity at the heart of the case.

The Far Side of the Dollar

The Far Side of the Dollar

The Far Side of the Dollar


The Archer Files

The Far Side of the Dollar “and everything would be hunky-dory”. The Doomsters “It isn't possible to brush people off". The Doomsters “We were all guilty". Ibid. “for a kind of economy in life”. The Underground Man “a sort of twisted ...

The Archer Files

The Archer Files

No matter what cases private eye Lew Archer takes on—a burglary, a runaway, or a disappeared person—the trail always leads to tangled family secrets and murder. Widely considered the heir to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Archer dug up secrets and bodies in and around Los Angeles. Here, The Archer Files collects all the Lew Archer short stories ever published, along with thirteen unpublished “case notes” and a fascinating biographical profile of Archer by Edgar Award finalist Tom Nolan. Ross Macdonald’s signature staccato prose is the real star throughout this collection, which is both a perfect introduction for the newcomer and a must-have for the Macdonald aficionado.

Hard boiled Heretic

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Hard boiled Heretic

Hard boiled Heretic

A study of the character of Lew Archer and the novels that he appears in.

The Far Side of Eden

"He's got on wraparound shades and a five-hundred-dollar shirt with not enough buttons, bought in Beverly Hills, and she's wearing haute safari from wherever." The visitor might also be driving a new Lexus and looking nerdy in pressed ...

The Far Side of Eden

The Far Side of Eden

In the tradition of his New York Times bestseller, Napa, James Conaway picks up the story he began a decade ago. The Far Side of Eden offers "a fascinating look at the political side of the wine revolution that put California's Napa Valley on the world map" (Miami Herald). Now, Conaway reveals, Napa is awash in dollars generated by the boom economy and the social ambitions it inspired. The valley is beset by new arrivals determined to have vineyards of their own and by cult-wine producers in thrall to fabulously expensive "rocket juice" (cabernet sauvignon) that few locals can afford - while established families wish to hold on to the old ways, and camp followers get caught up in the glamour of it all. Conaway, long known for his controversial, compulsively readable social reporting, here "indicts the wave of new-money millionaires from Silicon Valley, who have brought with them gaudy displays of wealth -- building so-called 'McMansions' and planting 'vanity vineyards'" (Los Angeles Times). "A cautionary tale . . . [with] a seductive pull" (San Francisco Chronicle), The Far Side of Eden takes us to the frontlines of America's ongoing conflicts over money, land, and power to tell a story that has ramifications for us all.

It s All One Case

of course, what I said about being on the extreme edge applies to me personally as I was writing, too. There's one thing that should ... Above: W. H. “Ping” Ferry's copy of The Far Side of the Dollar (1965) inscribed Christmas of 1964.

It s All One Case

It s All One Case

This is a prose series of unpublished interviews with, and a visual retrospective of, the seminal mid- to late-20th century literary crime writer. In 1976, critic Paul Nelson spent several weeks interviewing legendary detective writer Ross Macdonald, who elevated the form to a new literary level. “We talked about everything imaginable,” Nelson wrote―including Macdonald’s often meager beginnings; his dual citizenship; writers, painters, music, and movies he admired; The Great Gatsby, his favorite book; how he used symbolism to change detective writing; and more. This book, published in a handsome, oversized format, collects these unpublished interviews and is a visual history of Macdonald’s professional career. It is illustrated with rare and select items from one of the world’s largest private archives of Macdonald ephemera; reproduces, in full color, the covers of the various editions of Macdonald’s more than two dozen books; collects facsimile reproductions of select pages from his manuscripts, as well as magazine spreads; and presents rare photos, many never before seen.

Ross MacDonald

The article was perfectly timed to stir interest in The Far Side of the Dollar, and several reviewers took cues from the essay in crafting raves for the Archer book. “Without in the least abating my admiration for Dashiell Hammett and ...

Ross MacDonald

Ross MacDonald

When he died in 1983, Ross Macdonald was the best-known and most highly regarded crime-fiction writer in America. Long considered the rightful successor to the mantles of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and his Lew Archer-novels were hailed by The New York Times as "the finest series of detective novels ever written by an American." Now, in the first full-length biography of this extraordinary and influential writer, a much fuller picture emerges of a man to whom hiding things came as second nature. While it was no secret that Ross Macdonald was the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar -- a Santa Barbara man married to another good mystery writer, Margaret Millar -- his official biography was spare. Drawing on unrestricted access to the Kenneth and Margaret Millar Archives, on more than forty years of correspondence, and on hundreds of interviews with those who knew Millar well, author Tom Nolan has done a masterful job of filling in the blanks between the psychologically complex novels and the author's life -- both secret and overt. Ross Macdonald came to crime-writing honestly. Born in northern California to Canadian parents, Kenneth Millar grew up in Ontario virtually fatherless, poor, and with a mother whose mental stability was very much in question. From the age of twelve, young Millar was fighting, stealing, and breaking social and moral laws; by his own admission, he barely escaped being a criminal. Years later, Millar would come to see himself in his tales' wrongdoers. "I don't have to be violent," he said, "My books are." How this troubled young man came to be one of the most brilliant graduate students in the history of the University of Michigan and how this writer, who excelled in a genre all too often looked down upon by literary critics, came to have a lifelong friendship with Eudora Welty are all examined in the pages of Tom Nolan's meticulous biography. We come to a sympathetic understanding of the Millars' long, and sometimes rancorous, marriage and of their life in Santa Barbara, California, with their only daughter, Linda, whose legal and emotional traumas lie at the very heart of the story. But we also follow the trajectory of a literary career that began in the pages of Manhunt and ended with the great respect of such fellow writers as Marshall McLuhan, Hugh Kenner, Nelson Algren, and Reynolds Price, and the longtime distinguished publisher Alfred A. Knopf. As Ross Macdonald: A Biography makes abundantly clear, Ross Macdonald's greatest character -- above and beyond his famous Lew Archer -- was none other than his creator, Kenneth Millar.

Gary Larson and The Far Side

As The Far Side's popularity continued to grow into the late 1980s, the book collections topped sales charts ... and that he would lose his special rapport with fans if they grew to believe he was only “in it for the dollar” (Sherr).

Gary Larson and The Far Side

Gary Larson and The Far Side

Kerry D. Soper reminds us of The Far Side's groundbreaking qualities and cultural significance in Gary Larson and "The Far Side." In the 1980s, Gary Larson (b. 1950) shook up a staid comics page by introducing a set of aesthetic devices, comedic tones, and philosophical frames that challenged and delighted many readers, even while upsetting and confusing others. His irreverent, single panels served as an alternative reality to the tame comedy of the family-friendly newspaper comics page, as well as the pervasive, button-down consumerism and conformity of the Reagan era. In this first full study of Larson's art, Soper follows the arc of the cartoonist's life and career, describing the aesthetic and comedic qualities of his work, probing the business side of his success, and exploring how The Far Side brand as a whole--with its iconic characters and accompanying set of comedic and philosophical frames--connected with its core readers. In effect, Larson reinvented his medium by creatively working within, pushing against, and often breaking past institutional, aesthetic, comedic, and philosophical parameters. Due to the comic's great success, it opened the door for additional alternative voices in comics and other popular mediums. With its intentionally awkward, minimalistic lines and its morbid humor, The Far Side expanded Americans' comedic palette and inspired up-and-coming cartoonists, comedians, and filmmakers. Soper re-creates the cultural climate and media landscape in which The Far Side first appeared and thrived, then assesses how it impacted worldviews and shaped the comedic sensibilities of a generation of cartoonists, comedy writers, and everyday fans.

Hard boiled Sentimentality

Macdonald, The Far Side of the Dollar, 142; Macdonald, The Wycherly Woman (1961; rpt., New York: Vintage, 1998), 6, 98,127. 23. Walton and Jones, Detective Agency, 193. Katherine and Lee Horsley argue that female crime writers are more ...

Hard boiled Sentimentality

Hard boiled Sentimentality

Leonard Cassuto's cultural history of the hard-boiled crime genre recovers the fascinating link between tough guys and sensitive women

The Far Side of Forever

and millions of dollars on the project. We're cheap and fast. We already have the equipment and how to run it. Rather than build anything, Danford and Owens can just come in and claim it, without so much as paying a dollar for it.

The Far Side of Forever

The Far Side of Forever

Time. Immutable. Untouchable. A river always streaming past us. Something we can’t ever turn back or fix. Or can we? John Gillian, renowned physicist, and Rebecca Harleson, renaissance thinker and mathematician, and their team, have created the first machine capable of sending messages through infinite time and space. Their invention causes shock waves throughout the world, and become the target of protestors and unscrupulous politicians. The possibilities for misuse are endless. When the newly appointed Secretary of Technology Development takes over the project to prevent a tragedy from occurring, the warnings of side effects are ignored. The results are a world spinning out of control as great paradoxes are manifested around the team and their device. Now only Gillian and his team can get back to the source and stop the escalating events before they unfold.

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