Monday, July 11, 2011
It was 28 years ago today that detective novelist Ross Macdonald (real name Kenneth Millar) died at age 67. I’d first been introduced to his work in high school, and had gone on to read all of his books. I took the opportunity in 1980 to interview Macdonald--an experience I shall never forget. And in the years since, I’ve written often in The Rap Sheet about that Southern California author’s work.
Although this isn’t the happiest occasion on which to revisit Macdonald’s books, I think it’s altogether appropriate. Therefore, I am embedding below some of my favorite Macdonald book covers. These editions come from various decades over the last 70 years and feature artwork by such well-known illustrators as Mitchell Hooks, Harry Bennett, Ray App, Robert Maguire, and Harvey Kidder (who created the cover for the 1950 Pocket Books edition of The Moving Target featured atop this post). I’ve also included two of Joe Montgomery’s recent designs for Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (bottom row), which I think are outstanding.
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READ MORE: “Together Again for the First Time,” by J. Kingston Pierce (The Rap Sheet).