Series: Lew Archer
|The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald||1|
|The Drowning Pool by Ross Macdonald||2|
|The Way Some People Die by Ross Macdonald||3|
|The Ivory Grin by Ross Macdonald||4|
|Find a Victim: A Lew Archer Novel by Ross Macdonald||5|
|The Barbarous Coast by Ross Macdonald||6|
|The Doomsters by Ross Macdonald||7|
|The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald||8|
|The Wycherly Woman by Ross Macdonald||9|
|The Zebra-Striped Hearse by Ross Macdonald||10|
|The Chill by Ross Macdonald||11|
|The Far Side of the Dollar by Ross Macdonald||12|
|Black Money by Ross Macdonald||13|
|The Instant Enemy by Ross Macdonald||14|
|The Goodbye Look by Ross Macdonald||15|
|The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald||16|
|Sleeping Beauty by Ross Macdonald||17|
|The Blue Hammer by Ross Macdonald||18|
|The Archer Files by Ross Macdonald||complete short stories|
|The Name is Archer by Ross Macdonald||short stories|
|Archer in Hollywood by Ross Macdonald||Omnibus 1,3,6|
|Archer, P.I. by Ross Macdonald||Omnibus 4,10,16|
|Archer in Jeopardy by Ross Macdonald||Omnibus 7,10,14|
|Archer at Large: Three Great Lew Archer Novels of Suspense by Ross Macdonald||Omnibus 8,11,13|
|Four Novels of the 1950s: The Way Some People Die / The Barbarous Coast / The Doomsters / The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald||Omnibus 3,6,7,8|
|Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels by Ross Macdonald||Omnibus 13,14,15,16|
|Three Novels of the Early 1960s: The Zebra-Striped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar by Ross Macdonald||Omnibus 10,11,12|
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Lew Archer is a lone wolf operator, a private detective in LA. Written primarily in the 1950s, the novels are a staple in the hardboiled/noir genre. They don't necessarily need to be read in order.
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