How does Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer differ from Dashiell Hammett’s Philip Marlowe?
How does Lew Archer change or develop over Macdonald’s writing years?
Which Macdonald novels best exemplify his environmental concerns?
What makes Santa Barbara an effective locale for Macdonald’s fictional purposes?
How does Macdonald reconcile the claims of the genres of tragedy and detective fiction?
Is The Underground Man an apt title for Macdonald’s novel? Does he meet the challenge imposed by its implicit reference to Fyodor Dostoevski’s novel?