The Moving Target, by Ross Macdonald, originally published in 1949
|Author||Ross Macdonald (as John Macdonald)|
|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf (a Borzoi book)|
|Publication Date (initial)||April 11, 1949|
The Moving Target was the first Lew Archer novel and in what would become a theme for Archer, he finds himself embroiled in a family drama. In his debut novel, Archer is hired by the young, second wife of Ralph Sampson, a wealthy oilman, to find her husband. Along the way, he meets Sampson’s disaffected daughter Miranda, his pilot Alan Taggert and Sampson’s attorney, Albert Graves. He also meets up and spends an evening with the aging actress and Sampson astrologer Fay Estabrook. A ransom note is produced for Sampson, but Archer isn’t convinced. He does reach the truth as he works his way through the dysfunctional family.
Anthony Boucher wrote a review in the New York Times Book Review in the Criminals At Large section on April 3, 1949.
Just at the time that the tough genre in fiction needs revitalizing John Macdonald turns up.
Additional Publication Information
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|1949||Alfred A. Knopf||2nd edition (Mystery Guild)|
|1950||Pocket Books||3rd edition|
|1951||Cassell & Company||1st English edition|
|1954||Pan Books||5th edition (UK, paper)|
|1959||Pocket Books||6th edition|
|1966||Pocket Books of Canada||6th edition (as Harper)|
|1966, 1971||Collins/Fontana||7th edition (UK)|
|1967||Alfred A. Knopf||8th edition (collected in Archer in Hollywood)|
|1979||Gregg Publishing||1st edition, second printing|
|1979||John Curley||10th edition (large print edition)|
|1998||Vintage Crime/Black Lizard||1998 edition|