I turned on my back and floated, looking up at the sky, nothing around me but cool clear Pacific, nothing in my eyes but long blue space. It was as close as I ever got to cleanliness and freedom, as far as I ever got from all the people.- From Ross Macdonald's THE DROWNING POOL featuring Lew Archer and first published in 1950. This series is a must for fans of the detective genre and readers who dip in for the crème de la crème. The Los Angeles Times said "Macdonald should not be limited to connoisseurs of mystery fiction. His worth and quality surpass the limitations of the form." Amen.