Ross MacDonald (1915 - 1983), creator of one of my very favorite detectives in all fiction, the melancholy Lew Archer, was born today as Kenneth Millar. Often compared to Raymond Chandler, some think MacDonald was even better. Certainly he enlarged and furthered the cause of detective fiction and influenced many writers, among them Robert Parker, creator of the Spenser, Boston P.I. series. Today, to my mind, MacDonald remains as readable as ever. Fact is, I didn't discover Lew Archer until just a few years ago and, as usual, I went off on a binge - read as many Lew's as I could find in one fell swoop. Loved most every minute of it.
Thanks to the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear blog for the birthday scoop.