Search Results: "John D. MacDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

A DEADLY SHADE OF GOLD by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 1974

"Not the best — but full value in the series with that man at the height of his puissance."
L'homme ultimate sensuel, McGee (this is a 1965 reissue) decides to exact reparations for the death of his friend Sam, brutally killed at the moment of his reconciliation with his girl, Nora — leaving behind him the evidence of one of those priceless pre-Columbian gold statuettes. Read full book review >

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A PURPLE PLACE FOR DYING by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 1976

"Exigent as ever, particularly with McGee in his leaner, hungrier, younger days."
Here's that man again, that 110 proof man in his third appearance—it came out in paper. Read full book review >

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THE DREADFUL LEMON SKY by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1974

"Assume and you won't be wrong that McGee no longer needs a vehicle — he just emanates like Brut."
A new one (i.e., the second to appear originally in hardcover) and even if the story leaves something to be desired, McGee of course does not as two young women put themselves in his soothing to stimulating hands — the first leaving a box with $94,000 in bills before her apartment is trashed and she is killed. Read full book review >

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CONTRARY PLEASURE by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1954

"Rentals, certainly (but without censure), and a women's market as well."
Not quite as tight a narrative as Cancel All Our Vows (1953), this spreads its interest over the lives and loves of the four Delevans- and their children, and is an assured and accomplished reconnaissance of a middle western, middle class community- with the comforts- but not the security- which money can buy. Read full book review >

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QUICK RED FOX by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 1974

"The story's not all that much (it's one of the early ones) but for many people McGee's sunburned macho is very operative however much you suspect it's only mantan."
. . . who has to jump is a motion picture star who has bought, and bought, and bought up some skin candids which could destroy her altogether. Read full book review >

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CINNAMON SKIN by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 1982

"But if MacDonald's formula varies little, the shrewd vignettes of places and people continue to be vividly engaging—and his masterly pacing ensures absorbing, taut reading every time around."
Travis McGee's 20th—which finds him enjoying life on his Florida houseboat, trying to keep his affair with hotel-manager Anne Renzetti on an even keel. Read full book review >

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NIGHTMARE IN PINK by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 1976

"The pink perfume lingers on and McGee's in his prime in this 1964 reissue."
That Harry O-ish beach bum Travis McGee comes to New York to straighten out Nina Gibson, the grieving kid sister of his disabled vet buddy Mike. Read full book review >

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LONELY SILVER RAIN by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 28, 1984

"Trav into a more cheerful frame of mind."
Travis McGee, Florida's favorite beach-bum adventurer and hero of 22 MacDonald novels, is having long, moody thoughts on middle age and absent friends—when he's persuaded by super-rich Billy Ingraham to try to find his stolen million-dollar yacht. Read full book review >

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FREE FALL IN CRIMSON by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 1981

"Not quite as wham-bamtense as The Green Ripper, but all the necessary MacDonald ingredients are on the premises: fast pace; incredibly sordid doings which impinge on McGee's blue skies; a terrific windup; and a new love, Anne, who's probably good for at least one more book before she, too, like previous McGee ladies, bites the dust."
Ever-resilient Travis McGee, on the mend from yet another lost love, is asked by Ron Esterland to find out who killed his wealthy, cancer-ridden father Ellis two years ago. Read full book review >

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DARKER THAN AMBER by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1970

"The action is overwhelming and then there's that spanking display of the vernacular."
Travis McGee is the single successor to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and in some ten paperback appearances has acquired an open-end following. Read full book review >

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GREEN RIPPER by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 1979

Travis McGee, aging and mellowing, is ready to settle down at last with the lusciously tall Gretel (The Empty Copper Sea)—who may just agree to marry him. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT ORANGE FOR THE SHROUD by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1972

"The story seems simpler to begin with but it's edged with that hard gloss virulence everyone knows and likes so well."
The shroud's a housecoat, worn to her death by the young woman used as a decoy by Travis McGee in his attempt to retrieve some of the money Arthur Wilkinson, a nice guy but a schnook all the same, had misspent. Read full book review >