However, Macdonald (whose real name was Kenneth Millar) also composed half a dozen standalone mysteries, four of which were recently reissued by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard: Blue City (originally published in 1947), The Three Roads (1948), Meet Me at the Morgue (1953), and The Ferguson Affair (1960). Although they lack Archer’s steady and oft-compassionate presence, those books still demonstrate the author’s adroitness at handling fictional homicides, much-troubled suspects, multiple clues and miscues, and the alternately rich, raucous, and ribald setting of Southern California.
Now, thanks to Craig Tenney, the late Mr. Macdonald’s literary representative at Harold Ober Associates in New York, The Rap Sheet has two sets of those four standalone works that we want to give away to readers free of charge. It’s one little way of keeping the memory of Macdonald alive for new generations of crime-fiction enthusiasts.
All you need do to have a chance at winning these sets of four novels is e-mail your name and snail-mail address to email@example.com. And please be sure to write “Ross Macdonald Contest” in the subject line. Entries will be accepted between now and midnight next Monday, April 11. Winners will be selected at random, and their names listed on this page the following day.
* * *In association with this book-giveaway tourney, we’ve posted a new poll near the top of The Rap Sheet’s right-hand column. The question is simple: “Which was Ross Macdonald’s best Lew Archer novel?” All 18 titles are listed. Feel free to choose one book or more than one. This survey will also remain in place through next Monday. We’ll announce the winning novel, plus the next four runners-up, at the same time as we declare our two contest victors.
So why are you just sitting there, bucko? Get your contest entry in, and your vote(s) counted right away!