Ross Macdonald's real name was Kenneth Millar. Born near San Francisco in 1915 and raised in Ontario, Millar returned to the U.S. as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. He served as the president of the Mystery Writers of America and was awarded their Grand Master Award as well as the Mystery Writers of Great Britain's Gold Dagger Award. He died in 1983.
"Moves fast and is full of surprises. . . . The best work Macdonald has done in years." -The New York Times"A more serious and complex writer than Chandler and Hammett ever were."-Eudora Welty"Archer has seldom been in better form, and neither has his estimable creator." -The New Yorker