Another small piece is online now at Hilobrow.com, an appreciation of the American mystery author Ross Macdonald. To my mind he’s the man who carries the American hard-boiled mystery into a recognizable present from its origins with Hammett and Chandler. I really can’t recommend Macdonald’s books enough – tough and tender, intricately wrought, and mindful of place and time without sacrificing the long view. A good place to start is Find a Victim (1954) or The Barbarous Coast (1956), the fifth and sixth Lew Archer novels, respectively. He wrote twelve more after that, and they’re all terrific.