Ross Macdonald

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Ross Macdonald, American-Canadian writer of mystery fiction and detective fiction (pseudonym of Kenneth Millar, 1915 – 1983).


The Moving Target (1949)

  • Nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean wouldn't cure.

The Way Some People Die (1951)

  • ...prone on his back...
  • An ugly woman with a gun is a terrible thing.
  • ...the delicate sensitivity of a frightened rattlesnake...

The Goodbye Look (1969)

  • "You have a secret passion for justice. Why don't you admit it?" "I have a secret passion for mercy. But justice is what keeps happening to people."
  • Money costs too much.

Sleeping Beauty (1973)

  • I knew how it was with drunks. They ran out of generosity, even for themselves.
  • Every witness has his own way of creeping up on the truth.