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Ross MacDonald —
born on January 27, 1965,
David Ross MacDonald is a Canadian sailor. He began sailing at the age of 11... (wikipedia)
We writers, as we work our way deeper into our craft, learn to drop more and more personal clues. Like burglars who secretly wish to be caught, we leave our fingerprints on broken locks, our voiceprints in bugged rooms, our footprints in the wet concrete.
As a man gets older, if he knows what is good for him, the women he likes are getting older too. The trouble is that most of them are married.
I knew how it was with drunks. They ran out of generosity, even for themselves.
I wanted to write as well as I possibly could to deal with life-and-death problems in contemporary society. And the form of Wilkie Collins and Graham Greene, of Hammett and Chandler, seemed to offer me all the rope I would ever need.
When there's trouble in a family, it tends to show up in the weakest member. And all the other members of the family know that. They make allowances for the one in trouble.