ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
from Brat to Icon: Essays on the Film Career
Robert Downey Jr. may be best known as Iron Man, but his career as an actor stretches back to the 1980s and features several Oscar-quality roles. He has worked with a wide range of innovative directors from Oliver Stone and Robert Altman to Richard Linklater and Shane Black, and has played punk kids, detectives, journalists and even a serial killer. This fascinating collection of essays combines scholarly attention to detail with a highly readable style to examine, in roughly chronological order, more than 25 of Downey's best performances in films as diverse as Less Than Zero, Chaplin, Natural Born Killers, A Scanner Darkly, The Soloist and Tropic Thunder.
Ian Rankin Book (Release date: TBA)
Another in McFarland's line of mystery companions, this book will analyze and catalogue the growing body of work of this very popular Scottish crime writer.