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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.
"My favorite . . . [Macdonald] is first among those novelists who raised the genre from its roots in pulp fiction to serious literature." --P.D. James, from Talking About Detective Fiction "[The] American private eye, immortalized by Hammett, refined by Chandler, brought to its zenith by Macdonald." --New York Times Book Review "Macdonald should not be limited in audience to connoisseurs of mystery fiction. He is one of a handful of writers in the genre whose worth and quality surpass the limitations of the form." --Los Angeles Times "Most mystery writers merely write about crime. Ross Macdonald writes about sin." --The Atlantic "Without in the least abating my admiration for Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, I should like to venture the heretical suggestion that Ross Macdonald is a better novelist than either of them." --Anthony Boucher "[Macdonald] carried form and style about as far as they would go, writing classic family tragedies in the guise of private detective mysteries." --The Guardian (London) "[Ross Macdonald] gives to the detective story that accent of class that the late Raymond Chandler did." --Chicago Tribune