About to finish reading Grey Souls (aka By a Slow River, original title Les Âmes grises) I pick from my shelves to read next, The Moving Target (Lew Archer Series #1) by Ross Macdonald (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 1998).
Publisher comments: Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There’s the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson’s friends may have arranged his kidnapping. As Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to jazz joints where you get beaten up between sets, ‘The Moving Target’ blends sex, greed, and family hatred into an explosively readable crime novel.
Ross Macdonald’s real name was Kenneth Millar (married to fellow author Margaret Millar). Born near San Francisco in 1915 and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Millar returned to the U.S. as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. He served as the president of the Mystery Writers of America and was awarded their Grand Master Award, as well as the Mystery Writers of Great Britain’s Silver Dagger Award. He died in 1983. (From the publisher).
The Spanish language translation, El blanco móvil, is published by RBA