Ross MacDonald was (and is) a writer's writer, and one of my favs. Paul Newman's too. I once read a book about these books that explained the symbolism behind his deftly original prose, which is MORE than merely eloquent or descriptive. It is poetic and profound. The audiobook versions are narrated by one of the best and most prolific of readers. Grover Gardner turns them into audio movies. Download to iPhone or other device, and hear for yourself. (They’re on sale too!) Ross Macdonald (1915–1983) was the pen name of Kenneth Millar. Born near San Francisco but raised in British Columbia, he returned to the United States as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. For over twenty years he lived in Santa Barbara and wrote #mystery novels about the fascinating and changing society in SoCal. He is widely credited with elevating the detective novel to the level of literature with his compactly written tales of murder and despair. His works have received awards from the Mystery Writers of America and of Great Britain, and his book “The Moving Target” was made into the movie "Harper" in 1966. As was "The Drowning Pool" (which included Joanne Woodward.) In 1982 he was awarded the Eye Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Private Eye Writers of America. Great reading, better listening!