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Ross Macdonald (1) (1915–1983)

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Flydende død (1950) 808 eksemplarer
The Moving Target (1949) 750 eksemplarer
Bruden, der løb bort (1964) 725 eksemplarer
The Underground Man (1971) 714 eksemplarer
Mord og maleri (1976) 690 eksemplarer
The Galton Case (1959) 681 eksemplarer
Sort mammon (1966) 565 eksemplarer
The Goodbye Look (1969) 543 eksemplarer
The Ivory Grin (1952) 527 eksemplarer
Dollar for død (1965) 505 eksemplarer
Sleeping Beauty (1973) 504 eksemplarer
The Way Some People Die (1951) 483 eksemplarer
Find et offer (1954) 441 eksemplarer
Så levende - så død (1961) 428 eksemplarer
Hadets kyst (1956) 417 eksemplarer
The Instant Enemy (1968) 390 eksemplarer
The Doomsters (1958) 382 eksemplarer
Meet Me at the Morgue (1953) 311 eksemplarer
The Name Is Archer (1955) 288 eksemplarer
Blue City (1947) 243 eksemplarer
The Ferguson Affair (1960) 218 eksemplarer
The Three Roads (1948) 195 eksemplarer
The Dark Tunnel (1944) 166 eksemplarer
Trouble Follows Me (1946) 137 eksemplarer
The Archer Files (2007) 118 eksemplarer
Archer at Large (1970) 107 eksemplarer
Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels (2017) 85 eksemplarer
Archer in Jeopardy (1979) 72 eksemplarer
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Redaktør; Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
Archer in Hollywood (1967) 63 eksemplarer
Archer, P.I. (1977) 61 eksemplarer
The Drowning Pool [1975 film] (1975) — Original novel — 20 eksemplarer
On Crime Writing (1973) 16 eksemplarer
Midnight Blue (2010) 14 eksemplarer
Der Drahtzieher. (1999) 13 eksemplarer
The Imaginary Blonde (1953) 13 eksemplarer
The Guilty Ones (2009) 11 eksemplarer
Einer lügt immer (1999) 11 eksemplarer
Famous Edinburgh Crimes (1981) 7 eksemplarer
Guilt-Edged Blonde 6 eksemplarer
Find the Woman (1995) 4 eksemplarer
O alvo móvel (2007) 3 eksemplarer
The Faulkner Investigation (1985) 2 eksemplarer
Pozegnalne Spojrzenie (2007) 2 eksemplarer
Sunset boulevard (1992) 2 eksemplarer
Lew Archer story (1991) 2 eksemplarer
Potępieni 1 eksemplar
Chłód 1 eksemplar
El escalofro̕ 1 eksemplar
A Costa Maldita (1987) 1 eksemplar
Barbarské pobřeží (2000) 1 eksemplar
Alguns Morrem Assim 1 eksemplar
Los malignos (2013) 1 eksemplar
Retrato fatal, Um 1 eksemplar
Wild Goose Chase 1 eksemplar
Lewe pieniądze 1 eksemplar
ROMANZI 1 eksemplar
Lew Archer 1 eksemplar
The Singing Pigeon 1 eksemplar
Gone Girl 1 eksemplar
The Bearded Lady (2021) 1 eksemplar
The Suicide 1 eksemplar
The Sinister Habit 1 eksemplar
The Lew Archer omnibus (1997) 1 eksemplar
Sämtliche Detektivstories (1976) 1 eksemplar
La mineure en fugue (1971) 1 eksemplar
Okrutne wybrzeże (2007) 1 eksemplar
Liikkuva maali 1 eksemplar
Must raha : [romaan] (2002) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Works have been aliased into John Ross Macdonald.

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Bidragyder — 137 eksemplarer
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Bidragyder — 79 eksemplarer
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (2002) — Bidragyder — 78 eksemplarer
Great American Mystery Stories of the 20th Century (1989) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
Harper [1966 film] (1966) — Novel — 43 eksemplarer

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Many critics consider this to be Ross Macdonald's finest book, and Macdonald himself professed to agree...perhaps because of the general consensus among critics. I love his work, and this is a good book, but it's not in my top three (The Wycherly Woman, The Chill and The Underground Man, in that order). The fact is that critics are partial to Black Money because it nods self-consciously to Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and such allusions are considered the height of sophistication in the literary world. In a very real sense, Macdonald wrote this novel for the critics after a couple of them had disparaged certain elements of The Chill. Artists are sensitive, and I guess it's not surprising that Macdonald responded to criticism by trying to prove that he could produce a "serious" book, but he needn't have bothered. He was already a first-class writer, and didn't have to demonstrate that to a bunch of stuffy literary people whose readership was a tiny fraction of his own. Like I said, Black Money is good, but I think Macdonald may have overvalued it a little falsely. (Even as he proclaimed this his best novel, however, he had to concede that The Chill contained his finest plotting.) Also, there are a few instances of editorial sloppiness--a rare phenomenon in Macdonald's oeuvre--which deny this book a place among the top tier of his work, in my opinion.

The back cover synopsis for Bantam's 1973 paperback edition tries hard to convey the impression that Macdonald had suddenly turned into Mickey Spillane, and is downright hilarious: "Lew Archer made a deal with fat little Rich Boy at the posh Montevista Tennis Club. Seems Rich Boy had lost his beautiful fiancée to a stranger with a suspiciously phony French accent. So Rich Boy hired Archer to retrieve the runaway fiancée. Sounded like a fast, clean bundle for old, broke Archer..." You have to wonder who wrote that. (It certainly wasn't Macdonald.) Maybe the publisher was apprehensive about the book's literary pretensions and felt the need to compensate with an overtly hard-boiled teaser?

Black Money is a standard Archer novel in nearly every measurable way. (And it happens to contain one of Macdonald's most painfully beautiful sentences: "His expression turned faraway, further and further away, as if his mind was climbing back over the curve of time to the source of his life.") The casual reader probably won't even notice the allusions to Gatsby, and those who have enjoyed Macdonald's other books will like this one, too. But it's emphatically not the best thing he ever wrote.
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Jonathan_M | 15 andre anmeldelser | Feb 18, 2024 |
Start the year off with a bang! I had picked this up in a bookshop on a whim last month. I had never heard of the author nor the book, but the tagline referencing Hammett and Chandler meant I could not pass it up.

Fast-paced and well-plotted, with a resolution that had me yelping out loud in disbelief (in a good way!) I foresee more MacDonald in my future. And maybe more hardboiled private eyes too. I shall have to browse the Edgar list more carefully.

Aside 1: Has the golden age of hardboiled detectives passed already or are there some great modern ones? Did they just evolve into something new, like Scandinoir, which are much darker and intentionally uglier? Is it even possible in the internet age to have these sorts of gritty yet light, bantery run-arounds?

Aside 2: whilst I was reading this, my partner had been in the middle of his first Sue Grafton. Since it's been a couple of years since I wiki'd Grafton, I thought I'd brush up. And lo and behold in the opening paragraph: "she said the strongest influence on her crime novels was author Ross Macdonald." What synchronicity.
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kitzyl | 20 andre anmeldelser | Jan 5, 2024 |
"His living room was the kind of room you find in back-country ranch houses where old men hold the last frontier against women and civilization and hygiene. The carpets and furniture were glazed with dirt. Months of wood ashes clogged the fireplace and sifted onto the floor. The double-barreled shotgun over the mantel was the only clean and cared-for object in the room."
 
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Mark_Feltskog | 14 andre anmeldelser | Dec 23, 2023 |
This is one of the stronger novels in this series.
 
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Mark_Feltskog | 13 andre anmeldelser | Dec 23, 2023 |

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