MacDonald served as president of The Mystery Writers of America in 1965, received the Silver Dagger in 1964 and the Gold Dagger in 1965 from The British Crime Writers Association, and in 1981, received The Eye, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Private Eye Writers of America.
A more serious and complex writer than Chandler and Hammett ever
were -- Eudora Welty
America's greatest crime writer -- Elmore Leonard
Ross MacDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books -- James Ellroy