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Ross MacDonald (Dec. 13, 1915 - July 11, 1983), was the pseudonym of writer Kenneth Millar, married to fellow author Margaret Millar. His Lew Archer series, which includes The Moving Target (made into the movie Harper starring Paul Newman), The Barbarous Coast, The Drowning Pool and The Far Side of a Dollar, stands as one of the pivotal achievements of modern crime fiction.

Macdonald explores the mean streets of California much as Chandler did before him. The pervasive sense of disillusionment, clear-eyed realism, and uncommonly fine prose have made Macdonald a regular on both best-seller and college reading lists.

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Chris Hansen - 07:18pm Oct 18, 2009 PST(#19 of 19)

Hello Fran & all: My memory is a bit fuzzy these days. I seem to remember that in the late 70s or early 80s, there was an NBC series starring Brian Keith, of "Family Affair" fame. Earlier that same year NBC ran a 2-hr pilot movie with Peter Graves as Archer. I tried the series, but thought Keith was miscast in the role. Can anyone help with more specific dates? I'd love to continue this discussion, and look forward to hearing from you. Best always, Chris.

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