Created by Robert Benton and Richard Russo Looking for sparkly vampires? Keep going... Retired, and just plain tired, Hollywood gumshoe HARRY ROSS takes odd jobs (and once, a bullet, trying to rescue their jailbait daughter) for his old pal and dying movie star, Jack Ames, and his one-time sexpot actress wife, Catherine. He bides his time, … Continue reading Harry Ross (Twilight)
Ross Macdonald & Margaret Millar's Santa Barbara Home I guess this should really be called "Duane's Scrapbook," because he's the one who snapped these pics... Anyway, he posted these recently from secret lair in Burbank, following a jaunt to Santa Barbara. Respectfully submitted by Duane Swierczynski.
Good Grief Department In August 1983, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz paid tribute to detective fiction and another great writer (and fellow Santa Barbara resident): Ross Macdonald, who had passed away a month earlier. It makes me wonder if they possibly knew each other, if maybe after a hard day at the desk the two … Continue reading In the Tradition of Hammett, Chandler, Macdonald… and Snoopy
Created by Kenneth Millar Pseudonyms include Ross Macdonald, John Ross Macdonald, John Macdonald (1915-83) Legend has it that Canadian rocker Neil Young wrote "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Cinammon Girl" and "Down by the River," three of his best-known early songs, in one afternoon, while sick with the flu, and running a fever of 103. In a similar burst … Continue reading Joe Rogers
Created by Fred Zackel "Playing detective is like being a gravedigger. There's always dirt to be dug up, people willing to pay to have it dug up. But what kind of a man wants to spend his life scrounging for human rot six feet underground?" -- Brennen in Cocaine and Blue Eyes Middle-aged San Francisco … Continue reading Michael Brennen
Created by Ross Macdonald Pseudonym. of Kenneth Millar, aka John Ross Macdonald, John Macdonald (1915-83) "I hear voices crying in the night, and I go see what's the matter." -- Lew Archer The greatest P.I. series ever written? Probably. LEW ARCHER stands with The Continental Op, Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe as one of the … Continue reading Lew Archer
Created by Ross Macdonald What does it take for Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer to hit the big screen under his own name? In the first two feature films, Harper and The Drowning Pool, Paul Newman was called Lew Harper, and in Robert Benton's Twilight, which strived to out-Macdonald Macdonald, the private eye (once more played … Continue reading Lew Millar
Pseudonym of Ken Millar (1915-83) "No once since Macdonald has written with such poetic inevitability about people, their secret cares, their emotional scars, their sadness, cowardice, and courage. He reminded the rest of us of what was possible in our genre." -- John Lutz, in January Magazine "We're all guilty" -- Lew Archer, in The … Continue reading Ross Macdonald