Search Results: "John D. MacDonald"


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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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GIRL IN THE PLAIN BROWN WRAPPER by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 1973

"There are others who precede her (a doctor, a nurse) and while the story seems overly complicated and diffused this time, ho one can knock its flushed allure since McGee's powers to persuade or seduce seem more puissant than ever."
That salvage consultant McGee attempting to reclaim desperate characters once again after Helena, whom he once loved, dies of natural muses but asks him to try and save the life of a daughter who seems determined to end it. Read full book review >

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BARRIER ISLAND by John D. MacDonald
Released: June 16, 1986

"Slow to get started, tougher and darker and slighter than Condominium—but ultimately satisfying and quietly compelling."
The prolific, ever-readable John D. returns to the subject of unscrupulous land-development deals on the Gulf Coast; and this time he keeps things far leaner and sharper, without the emphasis on romantic/sentimental subplots that made Condominium a bit bland. . .and so widely popular. Read full book review >

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CONDOMINIUM by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 1977

"But MacDonald has brought off his move to a broader Florida canvas, producing a 450-page book that seems too short, leaving the mystery-suspense pigeonhole far behind."
The condominiums that Marty Liss built stand on Fiddler Key in the Gulf and seem to offer the dream retirement oasis, but life at the Golden Sands could be a lot dreamier. 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 >

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EMPTY COPPER SEA by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 1978

"Reliable plus."
Travis McGee #17—and everything's ship-shape down Florida way. Read full book review >

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CAPE FEAR (FORMERLY TITLED THE EXECUTIONERS) by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1958

"A likable family-very vulnerable at the hands of a vicious killer- this has a real menace and momentum."
Sam Bowden, a lawyer, lawyer, happily married, the father of three, and a peaceable man is also a defenseless one when Max Cady, a soldier whom he had helped to convict during the war on a rape charge, is released from jail and threatens to kill him six times over. Read full book review >

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NO DEADLY DRUG by John D. MacDonald
Released: Sept. 6, 1968

"Trial trivia moves briskly in and out of libraries, but this promises to see its greatest sale from paperback racks."
Here we go again. Read full book review >

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THE SCARLET RUSE by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 14, 1980

"Still, MacDonald is MacDonald, and that means top tension and fine detail—qualities that surely deserve hard-cover preservation."
First published in paperback in 1973, this is non-vintage but very drinkable MacDonald—as Travis McGee does his sidekick Meyer a favor by coming to the assistance of Hersh Felderman, an elderly Miami stamp dealer. 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 >