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 Lew Archer Books

The Moving Target / Harper (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 / Marked for Murder (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 (1963)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 Chet Gordon Books

(as Kenneth Millar)

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Blue City (As: Kenneth Millar) (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Three Roads (As: Kenneth Millar) (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Meet Me at the Morgue / Experience with Evil (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ferguson Affair (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Guilty Ones (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Imaginary Blonde (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Midnight Blue (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Strangers in Town (With: Tom Nolan) (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Akashic Noir Books

(with Laura Lippman, Joseph Hansen, Raymond Chandler, S J Rozan, Julie Smith, James Grady, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, James Ellroy, Margaret Millar, James M. Cain, Ernesto Mallo, Gary Phillips, Walter Mosley, Duane Swierczynski, Stephen Blackmoore, Scott Phillips, , William Gault, Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, Chester Himes, Edwidge Danticat, , Peter Spiegelman, Jervey Tervalon, Ben H. Winters, Charles Yu, , Patricia Powell, , , , , , , Denise Hamilton, Marlon James)

Bronx Noir (By: S J Rozan) (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chicago Noir (By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Baltimore Noir (By: Laura Lippman) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
New Orleans Noir (By: Julie Smith) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir (By: Denise Hamilton) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wall Street Noir (By: Peter Spiegelman) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (With: Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,James Ellroy,Margaret Millar,James M. Cain,Walter Mosley,William Gault,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,Chester Himes,Jervey Tervalon,,Denise Hamilton) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mexico City Noir (By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kingston Noir (By: Patricia Powell,,,,,Marlon James) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir 2 (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
St. Louis Noir (By: Scott Phillips) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Montana Noir (By: James Grady) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buenos Aires Noir (By: Ernesto Mallo) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Speculative Los Angeles (By: Duane Swierczynski,Stephen Blackmoore,,,Ben H. Winters,Charles Yu,,,Denise Hamilton) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

City Sleuths and Tough Guys(1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories(1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Books to Die For(2012)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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