I’ve always felt the movies didn’t do right by Ross Macdonald. Paul Newman did two turns as Macdonald’s PI, but they changed his name to Harper. Which is weird.
I love this set of old Bantam editions from the late 80s for the art. Each image has a compelling style and slightly offbeat perspective. I just wish they were bigger. My favorite is the cover of ZEBRA-STRIPED HEARSE; love the coat floating off the cliff.
I watched an old PBS documentary once on Macdonald (real name: Kenneth Millar). They had some B-roll of him sitting in a chair with a board over his lap, writing the synopsis of his next book in a composition notebook and then reading it to a camera. Made it seem so simple. It’s not; his plots are so dense.
Tomorrow: The OTHER Sherlock Holmes…