I'm a Ross MacDonald fan, as I've mentioned before. I've reviewed his work here, too--most recently THE BLUE HAMMER. He is great not only because his mysteries were well-plotted, but because they had a social conscience. Today I'll just share some great lines from his work, focusing on one of his favorite themes: money.
"You can't blame money for what it does to people. The evil is in the people, and the money is the peg they hang it on. They go wild for money when they've lost their other values."
--THE MOVING TARGET, 1949
"Sex and money: the forked root of evil."
--THE DROWNING POOL, 1950
"Money costs too much."
--THE GOODBYE LOOK, 1969
(Source: Jane Horning, THE MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK OF QUOTATIONS, Mysterious Press,1988).