If you like detective fiction with a California locale, try Ross Macdonald. He weaves a complex but tight plot, his hero (Lew Archer) is likable, and his settings are '60s California. He is easier to digest than Ellroy, who spirals into emotional analyses of his investigators, or Hammett, who loves strange characters.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3525.I486Z4
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Isa Lang, Head of Information Services, Law Library
Rating: Highly Recommended