Lew Archer is the central character in a series of hardboiled mystery novels by American-Canadian author Ross Macdonald. Archer is a private detective who works out of Southern California in the 1950’s. His characteristics initially started out very similar to that of Philip Marlowe, although he would diverge later on. The novels The Moving Target (as “Harper”) and The Drowning Pool were adapted to film, starring Paul Newman as the renamed “Lew Harper.”

The Lew Archer character made his debut in the 1949 novel The Moving Target. The final novel in the series is The Blue Hammer, which was published in 1976. Below is a list of Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer novels in order of when they were originally published (which is the same as their chronological order):

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

Notes: The Moving Target was also titled Harper. The Ivory Grin was also titled Marked for Murder.

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