Ross Macdonald was the pen name of American-Canadian author Kenneth Millar (1915-1983). During his career, Macdonald wrote crime fiction/mystery novels, largely featuring P.I. Lew Archer that were set in Southern California. Along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, he is considered to be one of the masters of hardboiled mysteries. His plots were complex, usually involving Archer digging up family secrets. His first two Lew Archer novels were adapted into films starring Paul Newman as “Lew Harper.”

Ross Macdonald made his debut as a fiction author in 1944 with The Dark Tunnel (aka I Die Slowly). His final novel was The Blue Hammer, published in 1976. Below is a list of Ross Macdonald’s books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Chet Gordon Books


The Dark Tunnel(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trouble Follows Me(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Lew Archer Books


The Moving Target(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Drowning Pool(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Way Some People Die(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ivory Grin(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Find a Victim(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Barbarous Coast(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Doomsters(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Galton Case(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wycherly Woman(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Zebra-Striped Hearse(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Chill(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Far Side of the Dollar(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Money(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Instant Enemy(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Goodbye Look(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Underground Man(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sleeping Beauty(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blue Hammer(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Lew Archer Collections


The Archer Files(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Blue City(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Three Roads(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Meet Me at the Morgue(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ferguson Affair(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Strangers in Town(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Chet Gordon series, Blue City and The Three Roads were originally published under his real name of Kenneth Millar. The Dark Tunnel was also published as I Die Slowly. Trouble Follows Me was also published as Night Train. The Moving Target was also published as Harper. The Ivory Grin was also published as Marked for Murder. Meet Me at the Morgue was also titled Experience With Evil.

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