Re: RARA-AVIS: Where to start with Ross MacDonald

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 23 Aug 2003

At 08:31 AM 8/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
>Probably THE GALTON CASE. But if you can't find that one, try THE CHILL.

I've read both of these (in addition to THE GOODBYE LOOK, THE WYCHERLY WOMAN, THE ZEBRA STRIPED HEARSE, and THE DROWNING POOL, so far. I'm currently at work on THE WAY SOME PEOPLE DIE, with BLACK MONEY, THE FAR SIDE OF THE DOLLAR, FIND A VICTIM and SLEEPING BEAUTY still in the pile to be read before I go get more). THE CHILL was the first one I read and it was a great introduction to the series, as THE GALTON CASE would also be. There's certainly nothing wrong with starting at the beginning though, with THE DROWNING POOL (which was adapted for the screen with Paul Newman playing Archer as a much less intuitive fellow renamed "Harper" because of Newman's run of good luck with characters with names beginning with "H",
"Hud," etc.).

You're going to love this series wherever you start. Each piece really stands alone very well!

All the Best,


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