"And, as far as I know, Macdonald didn't spend time writing screenplays (not
that Chandler wrote that many of them)."
I don't know how much time Macdonald spent, but he did spend some. I
interviewed him back in the day and was a bit amused when he asked: "How do
you write a screenplay?" He was about to embark on an adaptation of one of
his books -- my fuzzy memory suggests it was The Instant Enemy.
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