The Best Ross Macdonald Books

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Vote for the Ross Macdonald novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.
List of the best Ross Macdonald books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Ross Macdonald is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Ross Macdonald who want to know which novels they should start reading first. Plot twists, pitfalls, intrigue, deception. These mysteries will keep you guessing until the very end. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.The list you're viewing has a variety of books in it, like The three roads and The Drowning Pool. What are Ross Macdonald's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • Zebra-Striped Hearse
    Ross Macdonald
    34 votes
    • Genres (Book): Fiction
  • The Underground Man
    Ross Macdonald
    36 votes
    • First Published: 1971
    • Subjects: Crime
    • Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel
  • The Galton Case
    Ross Macdonald
    59 votes
    • First Published: 1959
    • Subjects: Crime, California
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery
  • Black Money
    Ross Macdonald
    29 votes
    • Subjects: California, Mystery
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
  • The Barbarous Coast
    Ross Macdonald
    19 votes
    • First Published: 1969
    • Subjects: Crime, Private investigator
    • Genres (Book): Novel