King of California Noir!: Ross McDonald, Santa Barbara’s Great Hard-Boiled Novelist

ON THE COVER: Ross Macdonald sits poolside with his grandson in Hope Ranch with a fake dead body in the background. Photo by Mike Salisbury.

Poetic Justice

The author of this week’s cover story knows his way around crime. As deputy chief of the Violent and Organized Crimes division of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Bruce Riordan was responsible for bringing many of the most dangerous gang members in L.A. to justice. As the current Special Litigation Counsel in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights division, he continues to go to court nearly 25 years after he started as a federal prosecutor in 1991. Ross Macdonald would have appreciated the attention of someone so well situated to understand the places and issues he wrote about, and who has witnessed firsthand what became of the landscape portrayed in the Lew Archer novels.

In Print

City Council Race: It's a Dog Fight

Sorting Out the Election District by District

Sorting out the election district by district. Read story.

Braving Icy Bay in Southeast Alaska

Kayaking the Chilly Waters Around Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Chuck Graham kayaks the chilly waters around Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Read story.

FACE Africa Founder to Speak

Liberia’s Saran Kaba Jones to Discuss Water and Sanitation on October 6

Liberia’s Saran Kaba Jones will discuss water and sanitation on October 6 in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Paddle to Protect Naples

Eye-Opening Kayak Excursion Explores and Benefits the Gaviota Coast

This eye-opening kayak excursion explores and benefits the untrammeled Gaviota Coast. Read story.

Where Preservation, Research, and Education Collide

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System

Reflecting on the University of California’s Natural Reserve System, which turns 50 this year. Read story.

12 Angry Dogs

Poodle Gets Whiplash Over What to Make of Pope Francis

Poodle gets whiplash over what to make of Pope Francis. Read story.

ICE Takes Heat on Immigrant Detentions

Feds, Sheriff Field Questions from Santa Barbara Supervisors

Feds, Sheriff field questions from Santa Barbara supervisors. Read story.

My Life: The Magic of Astronomy

Museum of Natural History Curator Reflects on a Career in the Stars

With new facility about to open, Museum of Natural History curator reflects on a career in the stars. Read story.

Damian Marley Comes to the Bowl

Bob’s Youngest Son Honors Father with Catch a Fire Tour

Bob’s youngest son honors his father with his Catch a Fire Tour. Read story.

Globe Puts Spin on Downtown Dining

Small-Plates Lounge Is Newest Addition to East Cota Street’s Restaurant Row

Small-plates lounge is newest addition to East Cota Street’s restaurant row. Read story.

Montecito Trails Foundation Hosts Annual BBQ

Volunteer Organization Celebrates 51 Years of Maintaining Trails

Volunteer organization celebrates 51 years of maintaining trails. Read story.

Adam Barruch’s ‘Sweeney Todd’

DANCEworks Presents a Modern-Dance Version of the Sondheim Musical

DANCEworks presents a modern-dance version of the Sondheim musical. Read story.

Unchain Your Dog

Barking Up a Storm About New Kids’ Library

Poodle barks up a storm about the new kids’ library. Read story.

City, County Support Planned Parenthood

Organization Facing Federal Funding Scare After Video Controversy

The organization is facing a federal funding scare after the recent video controversy. Read story.

‘The Indy’ Presents He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

S.B. Favorites Play SOhO with Kera & The Lesbians, Danny Boy Wright

S.B. Favorites play SOhO with Kera & The Lesbians and Danny Boy Wright. Read story.

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