"HIS LEW ARCHER SERIES IS A MONUMENTAL CONTRIBUTION TO DETECTIVE LITERATURE"
(MILLAR, Kenneth) (MACDONALD, Ross) MACDONALD, John Ross. Drowning Pool. New York, 1950.
First edition of Macdonald's second Lew Archer novel, confirming the signal influence of his California private detective in creating "a new literary standard for his genre" (New York Times), issued under the pseudonym of John Ross Macdonald, a very scarce copy inscribed by him using his pseudonym, "Best wishes to Roy W—, John Ross Macdonald," basis for the 1975 film starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. $4500.